This week, the Houston Dynamo named Matt Jordan their Vice President and General Manager. That's a big title and a big responsibility for only a 39 year old man, but the Dynamo are incredibly confident they got the person they need to turn around the team. Who is this new sheriff in town that gives the Dynamo such prideful enthusiasm?
Matthew Jordan was born in Aurora, Colorado, and attended college and played soccer at Clemson University. As the goalkeeper for the Tigers' soccer team, Jordan was a two-time All American and a finalist for NCAA Player of The Year. While at Clemson, he earned a major in marketing and a minor in sports marketing. Following college, he was the 10th overall selection in the 1998 MLS College Draft, chosen by the Dallas Burn. Jordan went on to appear in the MLS for the Burn, Columbus Crew, Colorado Rapids and finally the Montreal Impact. He earned MLS All Star appearances as well as a finalist for Goalkeeper of the Year in 1999. Also, in between MLS stints, he played for Odense Boldklub, a team in the Danish Superliga. As a member of the United States Men's National B Team, he won bronze at the 1997 World University Games.
Following his playing career, he stayed with the Montreal Impact as a member of their technical staff, eventually becoming the Technical Director. Houston fans may remember Jordan for being a part of the brain trust in Montreal that drafted Brian Ching from the Dynamo during the expansion draft. As you may recall, Ching returned to the Dynamo but it did cause for quite the saga. Now as Jordan joins the Dynamo, he will bring to the organization a passionate approach that helped him be such a successful player as well as an analytical approach as well. In short time, we will see the abilities that attracted Houston to make him their main man with the team's development.