Cabrera has two main elements to his tactical system. They've been effective, but they have potentially fatal flaws.
Wilmer Cabrera's tactical revamp of the Houston Dynamo this season has produced very promising results. Six points from three games is better than most MLS teams have produced this season, and the Dynamo's new additions (notably Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis, obviously) have paid real dividends so far.
The Portland Timbers are back in action this evening, taking on one of the few other teams with a perfect record through two weeks: the Houston Dynamo. To get the low down on last year's last place finishers in the West, we turned to Derek Stowers of our sister site, Dynamo Theory to get our questions answered.
The Houston Dynamo embarks on its first game on the road and they head towards inhospitable waters as they make their way towards Portland, Oregon to take on the Timbers. The Timbers are the lone team above them in the Western Conference standings and a win over them in front of their incredible fan base would certainly cause other MLS clubs to take notice of the new-look Dynamo.
You voted, here are the top Dynamo performances against Crew SC
In our 2nd week of Rate the Players we saw the same few players in the Top Performers category, but most players moved upwards compared to their week 1 scores as a better score should do that. I also added in my thoughts and the score of the head coach which was suggested by catalyst13.
MLS is back and the Dynamo are hosting the Seattle Sounders.
Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders
GAME ONE OF THE 2017 SEASON! MLS soccer is back and the Dynamo are a whole new team. With Wilmer Cabrera at the helm the roster has gone through a big overhaul and fans can expect to see a lot of new faces on the field.
The Houston Dynamo have quickly undergone a needed facelift this offseason after finishing last in the Western Conference last season. They've added a new Head Coach in Wilmer Cabrera and added 13 new players in order to compete in the West this season. Their competition tomorrow is against a club that had the opposite kind of season the Dynamo had in that they won the MLS Cup.
Yesterday, the USL unveiled the full 2017 schedule.
The United Soccer League released the 2017 full schedule yesterday. Of course, that means Rio Grande Valley FC Toros soccer is on the horizon. If you are late to the party, welcome! RGVFC is the USL hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo, who finished their first year as the 2016 #2 seed in the Western Conference.
The Dynamo add experience with the signing of veteran forward Vicente Sánchez
The offseason moves continue for the Houston Dynamo as Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera has reunited with the latest signing, Vicente Sánchez. The veteran forward brings experience to the Dynamo's young core of players as he's played in several clubs in South America, Mexico, Germany, and in MLS with the Colorado Rapids.
Of the select few promising young players currently in the Houston Dynamo organization, striker Mauro Manotas is the most prominent of them. He earned a starting job under Wade Barrett late in the 2016 season at the age of 21 and finished tied for the most goals on the team.
Out of all the envisioned turnover this offseason, Manotas seems to be the one player who is sure to stay for 2017.
An athletic, lockdown defender, George Malki was a huge part of the Toros' success in 2016.
RGVFC had one of the best defenses in the entire USL. A big piece of that puzzle was George Malki. The third year professional built on the successful beginning of his career with Arizona United, after being drafted in 2014 by the Montreal Impact.
One day after announcing that Wade Barrett would not be offered the permanent head coaching job, Wilmer Cabrera is reportedly the next Houston Dynamo head coach. The Dynamo finished last in the Western Conference this season. Twenty game into 2016 head coach Owen Coyle left the team and Wade Barrett was made the interim head coach.
As we are 10 games through the 30 game USL season, I take a look at the player progression so far.
Last week the Toros played their 10th game of the 30 scheduled USL regular season matches. Here's my progress report, not of the team, but of the players, and their prospects for minutes with the Houston Dynamo.
The no-vacancy light has been shut off. Let the coaching search in Houston begin.
The Houston Dynamo grabbed plenty of attention on Wednesday night by announcing that they had parted ways with head coach Owen Coyle, whose desire to be closer to his family in England was cited as the primary reason for the split.
The Dynamo and RGVFC announced on Wednesday that former Chivas USA and US U-17 manager Wilmer Cabrera will be the first head coach of the new USL side.
The new, and inaugural, coach of the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros was introduced to the public and the media Wednesday in Edinburg. Wilmer Cabrera, formerly the Head Coach of Chivas USA and the USMNT's U-17 club, and an assistant with the Colorado Rapids, will lead the USL side RGVFC, as well as assist with the Houston Dynamo, mainly before and after the Toros season.
Wilmer Cabrera called in 21 new players to the US residency program. (US Soccer)
I wanted to touch on this yesterday but unfortunately my day job didn't allow the time to do so.
It was announced yesterday that the US U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla., welcomed the
largest class of newcomers in it's 11-year history.
A leaked copy of Toronto FC's 2012 schedule obtained by Canadian Soccer News shows the Union
traveling to BMO Field on May 26 and Sept. 15, with the Canadian team at PPL Park on July 7. This
unbalanced schedule thing is gonna take some getting used to.
As first reported here last Monday, Tab Ramos continues to be the apparent front runner for the Fire's head coaching position next season. Nelson Rodriguez will meet with Guillermo Barros Schelotto in the coming days and he is also thought to be a serious candidate. Schelotto told media in Argentina this past weekend that he would not discuss any clubs other than Lanus, where he is currently under contract until December 31.
The Black-and-Red made what is likely to be a popular pick in grabbing a creative, versatile attacker in today's Dispersal Draft.
While Ben Olsen has said that he doesn't expect to make too many changes this offseason, D.C. United has already made its first addition to the roster. In the Chivas USA dispersal draft this afternoon, United selected midfielder/forward Thomas McNamara.
Chivas USA have relied quite a bit on the scoring prowess of Erick Torres this season, but they look to have gotten him some help.
Chivas USA announced on Thursday that they have acquired forward Felix Borja on loan from LDU Quito. The move for Borja was completed before the transfer window closed last week,andtheformer Ecuadorian international will be available for the Goats' match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
In which we talk to Alicia Rodriguez of The Goat Parade to get the lowdown on all things hircine.
D.C. United's game on Sunday against Chivas USA caps off this week's soccer action, and it should actually be a good game. To preview it, we asked some questions of Alicia Rodriguez, managing editor of SB Nation's Chivas USA blog, The Goat Parade.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, soccer moms or otherwise The Rapids host a Mother's Day afternoon game on Sunday against former assistant coach Wilmer Cabrera, now head coach of Chivas USA. I will not be in attendance at this one as I'll be celebrating Mother's Day with my family who's in town this weekend.
With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.
And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.
The search is over. The man responsible for turning Chivas USA around has been found.
Chivas USA announced on Thursday that they have appointed Wilmer Cabrera as their new head coach. Cabrera joins the struggling Goats after serving as an assistant coach under Oscar Pareja at the Colorado Rapids and has also previously managed the Under-18 and Under-17 U.
Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer has named former USL and MLS player Richie Williams as the
new head coach of the men's U-17 national team. Williams has most recently been in charge of the
U.S. U-18 team. The 41-year-old Williams now takes charge of the federations only residency camp
based in Bradenton, Fl.
The USSF announced today that Wilmer Cabrera will beÂ leaving his role as head coachÂ of the U.S
Under-17 Men's National Team. According to the press release the two sides mutually agreed to part
ways. "After several discussions with Wilmer, we agreed that parting ways at this time was the best
way forward," said U.
To kickoff 2012, my first (and only) blog entry centered onÂ a plea for the New England
Revolution to be "blog worthy" in 2012.Â A hope that it would "show the fanbase how big the
Revolution dream is, and steps you are taking to achieve it."
Given a week of activity, I'm concerned the team still cannot explain the vision of the team's
future the way I'd like, but its actions actually give me hope.
Ever since I started following soccer closely, I've been intrigued by the varied opinions on how
best to develop young talent. College or team academies? Better coaching. Everyone has their own
ideas on the best methods. Fans of MLS, in particular, have been very vocal in their calls for
academies like 'they have in Europe', as if something similar could be achieved with a snap of the
fingers and be up and running in a year or two.
There's a good article about u-17 coach Wilmer Cabrera over at US Soccer Players. My knowledge
of Cabrera is fairly limited, but I really like what I've heard from him. I think his approach is
exactly what the US system needs. I know one man can't change the way an entire country trains it's
youngsters, but we've got to start somewhere.
The US Under-17s are out of the Fifa U-17 World Cup after a tough loss to Italy.Â Â I saw less
of their World Cup play than I wanted, but a fewÂ thoughts remain hard to shake.
Maturity is over-rated at least in soccer.Â Â The game against the UAE
reminded me most why watching the occasional youth game is so refreshing: even in a pressure
situation the 'kids' tend to play with an offense-first mindset and a penchant for flair that will
very likely (and sadly) be taught out of them in the pro ranks.
One of the earlier signings this offseason for RGVFC, George Malki will look to provide leadership to the young roster.
The 37th overall selection in the 2014 Superdraft by the Montreal Impact, George Malki is still early in his professional campaign. After playing in 26 matches for the USL's Arizona United, the 23 year old Malki decided the best next step would be with RGVFC and the Houston Dynamo organization.