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The Matt Jordan Era in Houston

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With the Dynamo GM entering his 7th season in Houston, how have things gone so far under his guidance?

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The Houston Dynamo, as they were known then, named Matt Jordan as the club’s Technical Director and General Manager on November 4, 2014. Jordan just finished his sixth season in charge of player personnel and is returning in 2021. Things started quiet this offseason, with just the acquisitions of Joe Corona, Fafa Picault, Maxi Urruti, and Tyler Pasher to speak of. Then the Tim Parker trade came down and the Dynamo got a bonafide center back. With several fans vocally wanting a new GM in place this offseason, how has the “Jordan era” gone for the Dynamo? Let us have a look.

On the field, the team has one US Open Cup win and one MLS Cup playoff appearance. The team’s record under Jordan, 57 wins, 82 losses, and 54 draws. A negative twenty-one goal difference. 57 wins from 196 games is a less than 30% winning percentage. The team has earned 225 points from those 196 games, which comes out to about 1.1 point per game. You do not need me to tell you these numbers are not ideal.

Now let’s take a look at the transactions. The following list is signings made by the Dynamo under Jordan. HG are homegrown players and RED are players taken in the Re-Entry Draft. Outside of Alberth Elis and Memo Rodriguez, there is not much to write home about. Romell Quioto was a good signing as well but he just turned out to be a difficult player and had to be moved. Memo appears on the list twice because after signing as a homegrown, he was released, and later re-signed. The 2016 and 2017 seasons saw a few players signed who never even played in Houston.


Dynamo Signings

2014

Memo Rodriguez (HG), Chandler Hoffman (RED), Nathan Sturgis (RED), Erick Torres

2015

Leonel Miranda, Raul Rodriguez, Rasheed Olabiyi, Christian Lucatero (HG), Calle Brown, Bradley Bourgeois (HG)

2016

Jalil Anibaba, Sebastien Ibeagha, David Rocha, Yair Arboleda, Keyner Brown, Jose Escalante, Kevin Garcia, Dylan Remick (RED), Alberth Elis, Adolfo Machado, Romell Quioto, Juan David Cabezas

2017

Leonardo (RED), Vicente Sanchez, Memo Rodriguez, Taylor Hunter, George Malki, Phillippe Senderos, Chris Seitz, Eric Bird

2018

Conor Donovan, Erik McCue (HG)

2019

Tommy McNamara (RED), Maynor Figueroa, Michael Salazar, Jose Bizama

2020

Marcelo Palomino (HG), Cody Cropper, Kyle Adams, Juan Castilla (HG), Daniel Rios (HG), Joe Corona (RED)


The next list we will look at are trades the team has made with Jordan at the helm. Will Bruin, Giles Barnes, Brad Davis, and Kofi Sarkodie all got traded in 2016, with not much to show for in return. The trade for Zahibo last year turned out to be a bust but the Darwin Quintero deal looks to be a plus, at least in the short term while the Tim Parker deal is giving fans hope that the defense will be greatly improved.

Dynamo Trades

2014

Andrew Driver for Tally Hall and Samuel Inkoom

2015

Corey Ashe for allocation money and 2nd round pick

Cash for Sheanon Williams

1st round pick and allocation money for Andrew Wenger and Cristian Maidana

Servando Carrasco for 2nd round pick

Jason Johnson for Alex

2016

Brad Davis for 2nd and 3rd round pick

Conditional pick for Abdoulie Mansally

2nd round pick for Collen Warner

Kofi Sarkodie for allocation money

Allocation money for Eric Alexander

Giles Barnes for allocation money

Will Bruin for allocation money

2017

$125K GAM and $50K TAM for AJ DeLaGarza

2nd round pick for Arturo Alvarez

2018

$225K allocation for Darwin Ceren

$100K TAM for Jared Watts

3rd round pick for Chris Duvall

2019

Chris Seitz for 2nd round pick

$175K GAM for Marlon Hairston

$250K allocation money for Christian Ramirez

$75K TAM for Niko Hansen

$600K allocation and Marlon Hairston for Darwin Quintero

Joe Willis for Zarek Valentin

$100K allocation and Romell Quioto for Victor Cabrera

2020

Tommy McNamara and $175k allocation for Wilfried Zahibo and $175k allocation

$275k allocation, $50k performance incentives for Fafa Picault

2021

Kiki Struna and international spot for Maxi Urruti and 2nd round pick

$450K GAM and performance incentives for Tim Parker


The last chart we’ll look at are Jordan’s draft picks from the MLS SuperDraft. To be quite honest, nothing from this list is super. Sam Junqua saw some time in 2020 and scored a goal. And…..well…..yeah.

Dynamo SuperDraft Picks

2015

Rob Lovejoy, Zach Steinberger, Oumar Ballo, Taylor Hunter

2016

Robert Casner, Ivan Magalhaes

2017

Danilo Radjen, Joe Holland, Jake McGuire, Robby Sagel

2018

Pablo Aguilar, Sheldon Sullivan, Manny Padilla, Michael Nelson, Mac Steeves

2019

Sam Junqua, Andrew Samuels, Brad Dunwell

2020

Garrett McLaughlin, Luka Prpa, Duncan Turnbull, Kyle Edwards


So, 1 trophy and 1 playoff appearance, along with a mixed bag of acquisitions. Yet, Jordan was signed to a 1 year extension in December to remain as GM of the club for the 2021 season. “In evaluating the season, nobody is happy with not making the playoffs,” said Houston Dynamo FC President of Business Operations John Walker. “That said, there are several things that Matt and the rest of the technical team have been doing over the last couple of years that we think really positions the club nicely…and all of those things, we think, position us well for the future.”

The club clearly has a vision of the future and it seems they are giving Jordan another opportunity to help further that vision and continue building it. The Parker trade further shows a renewed commitment to improvement. With Tab Ramos’ success with young players and the signing of some promising homegrown signings, perhaps the club is headed in the right direction. However, the youthful approach will still need to supplement with key veterans and designated players. With Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis sold, and Tomas Martinez’s option being declined, the Dynamo currently have designated player spots available. Will Jordan, and ownership, go out and make a big splash to help the team compete in a league that is heavy with star power? If the past is any indication the answer is no, but like I said above, perhaps the club is turning over a new leaf? We shall see.

So, are you happy with Jordan’s tenure? Are you ready to give him and Tab another year at building a solid, young core? Let us know in the comments.