HOUSTON, Texas -- The Houston Dynamo have named Owen Coyle, 48, as their new head coach. Coyle will be replacing Dominic Kinnear who left to become the head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes. Coyle will be just the second head coach in the team's history.
“First and foremost I’m thankful for the opportunity to come to the Houston Dynamo,” Coyle said. “It is nice to be wanted by a fantastic club and I feel we have a great opportunity to put a team on the pitch that is pleasing on the eye and can win games. I’ve been watching Houston Dynamo for many years and I know the atmosphere of the supporters. The league is thriving and the opportunity to join a big club like the Dynamo is very exciting for me.”
“I am extremely excited to bring Owen Coyle to the Houston Dynamo and am confident that he is the right fit for our club,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. “He brings a wealth of experience at the highest level and possesses the personal qualities we are looking for in our manager. Most importantly, I can feel his will to win and know that he is motivated to successfully lead us into the next phase of our club’s future.”
Coyle has extensive experience as a player and manager in the upper levels of English and Scottish soccer. The Scottish manager guided Bolton and Burnley in Barclays Premier League .
The Houston Dynamo missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The terms of Coyle's deal were not disclosed.