When the Houston Dynamo and former head coach Paulo Nagamura parted ways weeks ago,general manager Pat Onstad said he would be looking for someone with experience at the highest levels of soccer. Is Mexico's World Cup coach Gerardo Martino a possibility.
In article dated July 15, 2022, The Athletic's Felipe Cardenas noted that Martino may be leaving El Tri after the World Cup in November. With this rumored departure from the Mexican national team, just a matter of months away how interested would Houston be? Martino seems to check most if not all the boxes on the Houston wish list.
First, Martino is intimately familiar with Houston Dynamo midfielder Hector Herrera. Martino recently called the midfielder into camp for a pair of upcoming friendlies on September 24 & 26th.Assuming his leg injury is healed, this could be a spot for Herrera to sell Houston to Martino. A move to Martino would mean less of a turnover then let's say a coach from the Premier League.
Second, Onstad wanted someone with possible Major League Soccer experience. Martino is familiar with Major League Soccer. You may remember that he was the head coach of Atlanta United FC when they won the 2018 MLS Cup. He spent just two season at the helm in Georgia before eventually leaving for El Tri.
Third, there would be no language barrier for the Spanish speaking Martino. This is a plus considering the current makeup of the club and the intent to build a pipeline of Central and South American players. His knowledge of players in that part of the world given his coaching background is certainly a plus.
Finally, two things stand in the way of a hiring of Martino. Houston would like to have a new coach sooner rather then later. At the earliest, he would not be available until December. Next if you believe the defections from Mexico's national team just months before the World Cup then you might think twice about his hiring.