It's been 11 years since the Houston Dynamo played in the MLS Cup final against the L.A. Galaxy. Eleven years ago, Danny Cruz was an important piece of the Houston Dynamo? Where is he now?
Crus was drafted in the third round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft after two years of collegiate soccer at the University of Las Vegas. As a member of the "Runn'in Rebels" soccer team, he became the first freshmen to win MPSF Newcomer of the Year honors.
The midfielder who led his high school to the 2006 Arizona state high school soccer championship spent three seasons with the Houston Dynamo. During that time, Cruz would play in 51 matches and score four goals. None were more memorable than his blast from distance on October 14, 2011. The shot from 30 yards out in the 59th minute earned Houston a 2-0 road win. The goal also was named the AT&T Goal of the Week garnering 45% of the vote.
Houston go on to make an improbable run to the MLS Cup match against the L.A. Galaxy. Cruz would play would start every playoff game in 2011 including the final where he logged 78 minutes in his final appearance with the Dynamo.
Cruz would go onto play six more seasons professionally in various leagues before retiring after eight game with the Real Monarchs and beginning his coaching career as an assistant with them. Following that year, he would join the USL Championship League side Louisville City FC. He served as an assistant coach and technical director until he was promoted to interim head coach and finally announced permanently nearly a year ago to the day. Cruz accepted the head spot on October 11, 2021 and celebrated his first season with LouCity by clinching the top seed of the league's Eastern Conference yesterday evening.