Paul Tenorio of 442USA announced on Twitter that he had multiple sources within Major League Soccer that the Houston Dynamo are about to announce the signing of Wilmer Cabrera as their new head coach.
This signing, if true, would come less than a day after senior management told Wade Barrett that he would not be given the post after being the interim for the final 5 months of the season. He has since been offered a technical position within the organization that is currently unknown. It is also unclear if he has any interest in remaining with the Dynamo going forward.
Cabrera lead the USL expansion side Toros to second place in the Western Conference before losing their playoff match against Oklahoma City Energy. Throughout the season, the Toros played a very strong, stylish brand of soccer while also being one of the best defensive units in the third-division league.
Before taking the reigns of the Toros, Wilmer was the head coach of the now defunct Chivas USA. Critics and fans agree that he did a fantastic job with a sinking ship. He also is a big reason why Erick “Cubo” Torres was able to flourish in Los Angeles, a not insignificant aspect to this hire.
After Torres went on loan to Liga MX side Cruz Azul earlier this season, he promptly picked up an injury, making a purchase option in December more unlikely. Should he return to the Dynamo, having a coach who already knows how to use him tactically for effect could solve a lot of the team’s ills.
Cabrera is also credited with bringing Yair Arboleda to the Dynamo. The youngster has spent the majority of his time with the Toros, meaning that Cabrera will be very familiar with what the winger can offer the team going forward, as well as what is needed yet in his development.
The former America de Cali defender still has many contacts in his native Colombia, and if given the chance by General Manager Matt Jordan and President Chris Canetti, which he could use to refresh a roster in desperate need of change.
Before his Chivas days, he was also the head coach of the US U-17 team where he enjoyed great success and made a name for himself as someone with not only a keen eye for talent at the youth level but also the ability to develop that talent and get the most out of it.
Keep an eye on this site as we’ll update you once the hiring is official.