HOUSTON (FOX 26)
In the wake of the Houston Dynamo finishing in last place in the Western Conference, interim coach Wade Barrett was informed by the club he will not be retained as the team's head coach on a permanent basis.
Dynamo management explained to Barrett that they have decided to move in a different direction, and will conduct a search to find the franchise's next head coach.
"This decision is about where we are as a club today, and what we feel are important steps moving forward," Dynamo GM Matt Jordan said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
"It's a tough decision. There's a lot of respect and admiration for the job that was done by Wade and his staff."
Barrett, who was 4-7-11 as the Dynamo's interim coach, replaced Owen Coyle on May 25 in a surprising move at the time.
When Barrett was named the interim, Dynamo officials had said he would have the opportunity to earn the job on a permanent basis, but at the same time said no decision would be made until after the season.
The franchise now begins the search to find it's next head coach.
"Our focus is on a candidate with (head coaching) experience, that has a firm belief in how they want to play, is a teacher of the game, and also has experience working with young and experienced players alike."
MLS sources told FOX 26 Sports Wilmer Cabrera, head coach of the Dynamo affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, is a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Dynamo.
Cabrera led the Toros to a second-place finish in the USL Western conference in RGV FC's first season of play.
In 2014 Cabrera was named the head coach of the MLS franchise, Chivas USA, which has since been dissolved.
He is a former assistant coach with the Colorado Rapids of MLS and was head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team from 2007 to 2012.
Cabrera played for Colombia from 1989-1998 and took part in the 1998 World Cup.
Barrett played professional soccer from 1998-2009, the last four years of his career with the Dynamo.
He moved with San Jose to Houston when the franchise relocated here in 2006.
Barrett was the Dynamo team captain when they won MLS Cup championships in 2006 and 2007.
After retiring in 2009, he stayed with the Dynamo organization as an assistant coach and was named the interim coach in May.
Jordan said Barrett has been offered another, yet to be determined, role within the organization.
"We hope he stays with the club," Jordan said. "That's his decision."
"He's requested some time to think about that. We'd like him to stay."