The Houston Dynamo announced Friday evening, January 13, 2023 that former Colorado Switchbacks head coach Brendan Burke had signed on with the Houston Dynamo as a first assistant.
General manager Pat Onstad shared in the media release that Burke is a "hungry, young coach with an impressive track record, of implementing a proactive game model and leading winning teams." Burke has led Colorado back from the abyss of a two win team in 2020 to a USL Championship Western Conference finalist in 2022. Overall though, his coaching record is not that stellar if you are talking wins and losses at 72W-49D-82L with over 200 games managed across all forms of league play.
The move might not be so questionable if they had not had to negotiate a fee with Colorado to obtain his services. Not quite sure why Houston favored Burke as a first assistant then Dynamo Dos head coach Kenny Bundy who more then proved he can coach at the MLS level and his assistant more then proved he could take over the reigns of the Dos.
On the bright side, Burke has been involved in the game for decades and before the Colorado gig, managed to help build the Philadelphia Union team into one of the best in Major League Soccer starting with the Reading United A.C. side back in 2008 and eventually working his way to head of recruitment operations before moving to Colorado in 2020.
With 14 new staff members hired to help Ben Olsen's Dynamo side and a multitude of new players, Houston is definitely in rebuild mode.