MLS- Houston Dynamo

Dynamo hire Wilmer Cabrera as head coach (UPDATED)

Photo by Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports

Photo by Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports

Following news that Wade Barrett wouldn’t be retained as permanent head coach, the Houston Dynamo have wasted little time in naming a replacement.

The Dynamo have officially named Wilmer Cabrera as head coach. The news was first reported by FourFourTwo on Thursday.

Cabrera, best known for his time at Chivas USA, most recently took charge of the Dynamo’s USL affiliate, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.

News broke on Wednesday that the Dynamo wouldn’t be offering Barrett the permanent head coaching job. However, Dynamo president Chris Canetti, who cited a need for more MLS experience, said that the club was hoping to keep Barrett in some capacity.

The MLS experience comes in the form of Cabrera, who managed Chivas USA through the club’s final season in 2014. Prior to taking charge of Chivas, the Colombian took charge of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team for five years before becoming an assistant with the Colorado Rapids.

Under Barrett, the Dynamo went 4-7-11, finishing last in the Western Conference following a 3-7-3 start under previous manager Owen Coyle.

What do you think of the hire? How will Cabrera fare?

Share your thoughts below.

  • johnnyrazor

    Are the hoping he can turn Cubo Torres back around? His best season was 2014 with Chivas.


    • NE Revs

      Given how the Dynamo FO makes decisions, I could see that playing a factor. Now they have a ready made excuse for when things don’t work out.

      “We thought WC would bring out the best in Cubo! We’ll do better in 2018!”


    • The Imperative Voice

      I find it hard to believe that we couldn’t have sold him this past summer, or that we couldn’t get a mutual release and go back to our respective lives. The rational thing is not to double down on someone with little production in several games in two seasons. Fans are getting peeved at 3 seasons in the playoff wilderness and imitating Chivas seems very dubious.


  • Gary Page

    I thought the Dynamo, when I saw them two or three times under Barrett, looked better with WB than they did with Owen Coyle. They seemed a lot tougher and seemed to play with more intensity. Can’t say I have been impressed with Cabrera’s work in the past.


    • Hernando Peralta

      First at all this guy Barret has to learn to play soccer and then he has to learn how to coach a team. Lousy as a player , lousy as a coach.


      • Jordan Morris

        Wade Barrett screams MLS 1.0 and is just a replication of Kinnear. Wilmer doesn’t have the best track record but I like this direction instead of keeping status quo. Hopefully he can replicate what Pareja is doing in Dallas.


      • adam

        what indication is there that he can replicate what pareja did? pareja’s track record of developing players and pro teams is quite strong actuallyl…what has WC done?


      • johnnyrazor

        Adam: Cabrera was the U17 US coach for five years working with guys like Juan Agudelo, Perry Kitchen, Kellyn Acosta, and Paul Arriola. His assistant for two of those years was a guy named Oscar Pareja.


    • The Imperative Voice

      All he did was flatten the curve, playing risk averse defensive soccer. We got a lot more Ts but the points per game is almost the same. We didn’t beat a team higher than a 6 seed after he came in, after beating Dallas 5-0 early in the season.


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