The Houston Dynamo fired manager Wilmer Cabrera on Tuesday, with assistant Davy Arnaud taking over as intern manager.
Cabrera, 51, had been the manager of the Dynamo since the start of the 2017 season. In his two-plus years with the team, he had a 32-39-22 MLS record.
He also led the team to the 2018 U.S. Open Cup.
“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,” Dynamo general manager Matt Jordan 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.”
In its past 11 MLS matches, Houston is 2-9-0. The Dynamo (9-13-3, 30 points) currently sit in ninth place in the Western Conference, six points off the seventh and final playoff position.
The Dynamo began the season 6-1-1 but have struggled since.
Cabrera is the fifth coach this season to be let go by an MLS team. The others were Alan Koch (FC Cincinnati), Anthony Hudson (Colorado Rapids), Brad Friedel (New England Revolution) and Mike Petke (Real Salt Lake).
Cabrera made 48 appearances for the Colombian national team during a playing career that was spent largely with South American clubs. He was an assistant coach for the Rapids before his first MLS head-coaching job with Chivas USA. Cabrera produced a 9-20-7 mark for the Los Angeles-based team in 2014.
–Field Level Media