Many of you have become increasingly frustrated as potential top coaching picks slip through FCD's proverbial fingers, but have no fear! There are some quality choices still left out there for FC Dallas to grab up.
Some guys, like Dave Sarachan, Brian Bliss, and Jesse Marsch are still out there for the picking. I wanted to take a look at some names that we haven't talked about previously as possible options for HSG.
As Drew said in a previous article, Fraser is a guy who hasn't been talked about much but probably should be in the conversation.
Fraser's only head coaching experience came at the helm of the rolling dumpster fire that is Chivas USA. While Fraser's record at CUSA is far from impressive, 15-21-32, the team did experience a 14 game unbeaten streak during his second season in charge.
With 15 years of playing experience and six years of coaching at the MLS level, most at assistant, Fraser would be an interesting pick for FC Dallas. He does have some link to the Hunts with the two seasons he played for the Columbus Crew and with tutelage while assisting under Jason Kreis and Mike Petke, Fraser may be primed for a return to head coaching.
Eight years in MLS as a player, 6 years as an assistant at NYRB (including 2 stints as Interim Head Coach), and now 2 years as head coach at the youth national team level with the U18 and most recently U17 team. A pretty impressive resume for anyone hoping to get a head coach spot in MLS.
Some of you will love the fact that Williams has zero history with either Schellas Hyndman or the Hunt family. While his record as NYRB Interim Coach is far from impressive it must be noted that not many interim coaches records are.
If the Hunts are serious about wanting a coach who can help develop the youth on this squad and coming up through the academy they could do a lot worse than Richie Williams. Williams has the experience with youth teams to develop the young 'uns while, as a former player, can still be able to command the respect of the veterans on this team.
*side note: Not that you care but this is who this writer is pulling for.
The name of the former Dallas Burn player, former FC Dallas assistant, and current Atlanta Silverbacks head coach has been tossed around for a few weeks now.
This season Haynes lead the Silverbacks to an NASL Championship this spring and took the team to a runner up spot just a few weeks ago in the fall portion of the NASL season. While Haynes doesn't have any MLS head coaching experience he seems ready to take that step up and with his connection to Dallas and the Hunts, not to mention his 21 appearances for Trinidad and Tobago, you would have to think that he is a viable option for FCD.
On October 22nd 3rd Degree reported that Haynes had not been contacted yet by anyone at FC Dallas but that he would definitely be interested in the position. I haven't heard whether anyone from HSG has reached out to Haynes yet or not but I for one hope they do.
This is another guy I think hasn't been talked about enough. The former New England Revolution and USMNT midfielder not only has a long history as a player, but has been an assistant to Dom Kinnear for the past three seasons.
While he doesn't boast a resume deep with youth team coaching experience, like many of the names on this list, there's no reason to think that Ralston couldn't help develop and integrate the youth around FC Dallas.
I know we all hate Houston, but no one can deny that developing your coaching skills under Dominic Kinnear is in any way a bad thing. Ralston has had extensive exposure to playoff and championship caliber teams and has seen what it takes to get to the top.
At the very least he's an incredibly interesting dark horse for the head coaching position here.
A very interesting name here. Many of you will remember him from his time with both the Dallas Burn and FC Dallas, where he finished out his playing career. Once he retired he was retained by FCD as their Goalkeeping coach for a season under Steve Morrow before leaving to be an assistant at Real Salt Lake with his former teammate Jason Kreis.
Not only has Cassar remained at RSL since 2007 but just a few months ago his help was asked for by the USMNT when they brought him in to help with preparations for World Cup qualifying.
Cassar doesn't have any head coaching experience but, like Ralston, he's had a great mentor to observe and learn from. Add in his FC Dallas connection and Cassar doesn't seem that far fetched of an option for HSG.
What does a stacked resume look like? How about former USMNT midfielder, 1991 US Soccer Athlete of the Year, 2008 inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and current USMNT U15 coach? That's what Hugo would bring to FC Dallas if he were to get the coaching nod.
According to TopDrawerSoccer.com Perez has actually already been interviewed for the coaching job here. Here's the link but it's a pay site and you probably can't get into it. Here's what it says:
"U.S. U15 Boys National Team head coach Hugo Perez interviewed with FC Dallas on Wednesday, two sources told TopDrawerSoccer.com. Another source added that Perez has "a chance at the job." Perez has done wonders with the 1999 age group within the youth national team, and it appeared to only be a matter of time before a bigger opportunity was put in front of him. The former U.S. Men’s National Team great could have a similar impact at the professional level as Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has enjoyed in his first season. The two are cut from a similar coaching cloth and both live and breath the game."
Perez would also bring in a Central American connection, he's from El Salvador, to a team that is heavily South/Central American. Not to mention the experience coaching youth at the U15 level.
It's not going to happen. It would be nice but we should move on from the idea that he'll be the next coach.
Let us know what you think and who you would like the next FC Dallas coach to be.