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2020 Western Conference Preview: Houston Dynamo

A new coach brings hope for the 2020 season.


It’s that time of year again! We’re going through each team in the Western Conference to see how they ended last year, how things have gone in the offseason, and what we might expect from them in 2020. They will be published in no particular order, and you can find all of them here.

Houston Dynamo

2019 Record: 12-4-8 (40 Points)

Goals For: 49 (T-9th in WC)

Goals Against: 59 (T-8th in WC)

Three Key Additions:

Darwin Quintero, Marko Maric, Tab Ramos (coach)

Editor’s Note: And one more of note for Rapids fans, Houston added Pablo Mastroeni as an assistant coach!

Three Key Subtractions:

Joe Willis, DeMarcus Beasley, Marlon Hairston (noteworthy for Rapids fans)

General Thoughts:

The Houston Dynamo have only finished in the top half of the Western Conference once since coming over from the Eastern Conference in 2015. The year they did, 2017, they were only three points away from being the number one seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Sadly, Wilmer Cabrera couldn’t recreate his early success in the following seasons, so he was let go near the end of the 2019 season. To replace him, the Dynamo hired former USMNT player and U-20 manager Tab Ramos, and hope for 2020 began to rise.

During the winter, the Dynamo also added Darwin Quintero to complete what is sure to be a lethal offense in 2020. Since they have denied multiple transfer offers for Mauro Manotas, they are poised to face this season with a front three of Quintero, Manotas, and Alberth Elis. Add in Christian Ramirez as a rotational forward and other defenses will have one word for the Houston offense: scary.

After offloading Joe Willis, the Dynamo also brought in Marko Maric, a 24-year-old goalkeeper who used to be on the books at Hoffenheim in Germany. Put together the new and talented keeper, the dangerous and powerful offense, and the bright new coach, and you have the recipe for what could be a good 2020 season in Houston.