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Report: Dynamo give Kinnear permission to leave if Earthquake job is offered

Dominic Kinnear

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Dominic Kinnear has spent nearly an entire decade coaching the Houston Dynamo, but this season could be his last at the club.

The Dynamo front office have granted Kinnear permission to leave Houston at the end of the season if the San Jose Earthquakes offer him a deal, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle. Kinnear was formerly the head coach of the Earthquakes from 2004-2005, and he was raised in the San Jose area after arriving from his native Scotland at the age of three.

Kinnear shot down the notion that he could leave for San Jose in the report because the club currently has a manager in Mark Watson, but the Earthquakes sit at 6-12-10 this season and are only above lowly Chivas USA in the Western Conference.

That could leave the Earthquakes in a position to try and bring the 47-year-old Kinnear back to San Jose, where he still has family. The two-time MLS Cup champion currently has a contract with the Dynamo that runs through 2015, however.

Kinnear is in his ninth season as head coach of the Dynamo, and is already one of the more successful coaches in MLS history. He not only won successive MLS Cup titles with Houston in 2006 and 2007, but led the club back to the MLS Cup Final in both 2011 and 2012 before losing away to the David Beckham-led LA Galaxy each time.

Currently, Kinnear is focused on trying to get Houston into the playoffs, but the Dynamo’s postseason hopes look bleak given their 9-13-6 record.

The Dynamo return to action on Sunday with a home game against the Chicago Fire.


What do you make of this report? Think Kinnear is San Jose-bound at season’s end? Who would you like to see the Dynamo replace him with if he does leave?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. We gave Yallop and chance so it makes sense that we’d bring Dom back and see if he can rekindle the magic. It’s a win-win for the Quakes, either he crashes and burns and we can finally put the past behind us, or he wins it all and we can put the freaking past behind us.

  2. this would be a huge blow to me as a native Houstonian who lives in Indianapolis but still supports the Dynamo…Dom is the heart and soul of the franchise.He is the face of the franchise in my opinion. He is beloved by both players and fans. He fights to the bitter end in every match and has proven over his career that he is nothing but a winner.

    if he were to leave us i believe only a big name proven replacement will soften the blow. However when you write an article about the totally hypocritical way the ownership treats Houston vs their other team the Galaxy ,i will have much less positive things to say……

  3. I don’t know how to feel about all this. The dynamo have always been tough cause of Kinnear, and at least competitive. I think the reason they have been unsuccessful so far this year is because the front office being reactive instead of proactive. I don’t blame Kinnear for that. I hope he doesn’t leave.

    • Anyone would be an improvement over Watson. who acts completely lots.on side line. Dom is very famiar with Quakes,,although many players have come in and gone out. But much more confidence in Dom that,the current occupant.


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