The Houston Dynamo made it official just a few days into the two week MLS Copa America break naming Wade Barrett as the interim head coach for the remainder of 2016.
A week ago, the original Dynamo expressed his interest in the position following the team’s training session after the Vancouver road draw.
“I have been in every MLS Cup that we won. I have been in every MLS Cup that we lost,” Barrett said. “I know what it takes to get there. I know what it feels like to be where we are now and to want to get a little bit better. I have some real ideas about how to get there.”
Barrett has been with the Houston Dynamo since the beginning. He assisted on the first Dynamo goal and has been hard at work for them ever since. Despite being passed over in favor of Owen Coyle when former head coach Dominic Kinnear moved on to San Jose, the 39 year old remained with the organization and now he has his chance.
The Virginia Beach native is not new to challenges both on and off the pitch. Away from the game, he won the 2013 Rocky Raccoon 50 mile run in Huntsville, Texas. On the pitch he was a captain for the Houston Dynamo, now he is the head man charged with turning what was a floundering season into a success over the next 20 matches.
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Barrett brings with him now only a plethora of knowledge and experience but he has the respect of the team. in spite of the fact that the organization refused to name him as interim, the players did.
“Wade’s our coach,” said DaMarcus Beasley last Tuesday when asked about how the team felt about Wade.
The move announced on Tuesday was obvious and possibly the worst kept secret in soccer since Coyle resigned. As long as the Barrett and the boys do well, this will be his team with a long term deal come Christmas if not sooner.
Sometimes loyalty is rewarded.