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Houston Dynamo part ways with coach Wilmer Cabrera

Cabrera’s departure comes after four consecutive MLS losses.

Apr 19, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; Houston Dynamo manager Wilmer Cabrera looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

HOUSTON, Tx. — The Houston Dynamo fired head coach Wilmer Cabrera Tuesday evening. Assistant Davy Arnaud will take over as interim coach through the end of the season.

“We’d like to thank Wilmer for all of his hard work and dedication over the course of the last two and a half seasons with the Houston Dynamo, including last year’s U.S. Open Cup title. We wish him all the best moving forward,” Matt Jordan, the club’s senior vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “At this time, we as a club believe the team will benefit from a fresh perspective as we enter the final third of our season and make a push to qualify for the playoffs.”

Cabrera’s departure — first reported by Deporte Total USA and later confirmed by Pro Soccer USA — comes after four consecutive Major League Soccer losses. The Dynamo (9-13-3, 30 points) are ninth in the Western Conference standings. 

Cabrera became the Dynamo’s head coach in October, 2016. In 2017, Houston qualified for the playoffs and made it to the conference final. He then led the team to a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory last year for the first time in club history, but the Dynamo failed to make the MLS playoffs that year.  Cabrera is the third full-time head coach in club history, led the Dynamo to a 32-39-22 record in MLS regular-season.

Immediately prior to the Dynamo, Cabrera coached the club’s USL Championship hybrid affiliate, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros. He was head coach of Chivas USA during its final MLS season in 2014 and also spent time as an assistant with the Colorado Rapids and coaching the United States under-17 men’s national team.

The Dynamo will play the Rapids this Saturday at BBVA Stadium with Arnaud in charge. Arnaud is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Dynamo. Before joining Houston, he served as an assistant coach for D.C. United in 2016.

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