MLS coaches reflect on Kinnear's milestone win
With last weekend's 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear joined an exclusive club by becoming only the fifth coach in MLS history to reach 100 regular-season wins. With help from various communications staffers around the league, HoustonDynamo.com spoke with MLS coaches to get their thoughts on Kinnear's achievement.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOP
"Best regards to Dom. I have always respected Dom and enjoyed our time together in San Jose. Having been a part of our MLS Cup championship teams in 2001 and 2003, we shared some great memories with the Earthquakes. He's a guy who deserves every bit of success he gets, and I'm happy to see him win his 100th game in the league."
LA GALAXY HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA
"Congratulations to Dominic. He has been an outstanding coach in the league. Although I’m not happy to be on this end of his 100th victory, it is well-earned, and it is a great milestone to reach."
PORTLAND TIMBERS HEAD COACH JOHN SPENCER
“I would like to congratulate Dominic. I think it’s a tremendous achievement to get to 100 wins. I was glad to be a part of some of those wins and had a great ride with him as his assistant coach. Congratulations to a tremendous coach who will continue to be one for many years in this league.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS HEAD COACH SIGI SCHMID
“Congratulations to Dom. He’s an excellent coach, and he’s done a great job with Houston. He plays a mean game of soccer-tennis. He might be the best soccer-tennis-playing coach in the league, and I know some may take offense to that. He’s kept Houston at the top or near the top for a lot of years and was able to rebuild them quickly. He’s done a great job, and he deserves 100 wins.”
HOUSTON DYNAMO GOALKEEPERS COACH TIM HANLEY
"It's difficult to accomplish [100 wins] in a couple of different ways. Winning in this league is very difficult, and you have to have the longevity to get that many wins. If you are in this league for a long period of time, it means you are doing the right things. It is a very competitive environment, and I think that everyone wants a head-coaching position. Everyone wants his job, and to sit here and be in this league for this long, get that many wins, and accomplish what he has is a great testament to hard work and great leadership."