The Houston Dash announced yesterday that head coach Randy Waldrum has been let go midway through the 2017 NWSL season. The Dash have lost four games in a row, most recently 2-0 to Seattle last Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Waldrum had signed a contract extension at the beginning of the season, despite not making the playoffs in the first three years of franchise history. It was clear that his performance was going to be scrutinized, however, because Dynamo management had relieved Dash Managing Director Brian Ching of his duties and seemed to consolidate additional responsibilities under Waldrum. The team also went out and acquired new players, especially on the backline, to fix defensive problems from last year. Nevertheless, the results have not been there and Dynamo President Chris Canetti and Waldrum decided a change was needed. In an article by Corey Roepken (@RipSports) in the Houston Chronicle, Canetti had this to say about the change:
“Randy and I sat there and looked each other in the eye today and said perhaps this team just needs a breath of fresh air, a new voice, something different that can lead it and give players a different outlook when they come back and try to take the field tomorrow to prepare for the next game,” Canetti said.
Assistant coach Omar Morales, who joined the team a couple of months ago, will coach the team in the next game at Washington Spirit this Saturday. According to the article in the Chronicle, no decision will be made on a new coach this week.