Best Coach (2008)

Dominic Kinnear ­(Houston Dynamo)

There's something to be said for a team that moves to a different city and then wins two championships in its first two years. That's what Dynamo Coach Dominic Kinnear helped achieve when his San Jose Earthquakes moved to Houston in 2006. Previously, Kinnear had led the Earthquakes to the MLS Supporters' Shield. Then, in 2006 and 2007, the Dynamo nabbed the MLS Cup. It's kind of cool to see a brand-new Houston team kick ass right out of the gate, as opposed to, say, the Texans' continual failures and the absolute freaking waste of $22 million on a pitcher who couldn't deliver. But we digress — this is no time for name-calling. It's a time to give props to Mr. Kinnear, who has helped to give us not only a great team, but a sense of excitement and vitality that's a nice change of pace from the rather staid corporate franchises we call professional sports teams. As of this writing, the Dynamo are second in the Western Division — an especially great achievement given that the team lost six starters at the beginning of the season. That's the kind of thing that makes a coach prove his or her mettle.


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