Dominic Kinnear

Dominic Kinnear
Dominic Kinnear
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Personal information
Full name Dominic Kinnear
Date of birth 26 July 1967 (1967-07-26) (age 44)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Houston Dynamo (head coach)
Youth career
1985 Hartwick Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 St. Johnstone 0 (0)
1989–1992 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 28 (6)
1993 San Jose Hawks 79 (7)
1994 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1995 Necaxa 5 (1)
1995 Seattle Sounders
1996 Colorado Rapids 14 (0)
1997 San Jose Clash 28 (2)
1998–2000 Tampa Bay Mutiny 75 (4)
Total 243 (16)
National team
1990–1993 United States 54 (9)
Teams managed
2001–2003 San Jose Earthquakes (assistant)
2004–2005 San Jose Earthquakes
2006– Houston Dynamo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dominic Kinnear (born July 26, 1967 in Glasgow) is a Scottish-born American former soccer player. He is currently the head coach of Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.

As a player, he began his professional career with Scottish club St. Johnstone, and went on to play for several teams in the United States and Mexico, including the San Jose Hawks, San Jose Clash, Tampa Bay Mutiny and Necaxa. He earned also earned 54 caps with the United States national team.


Playing career


Kinnear moved to the United States with his family when he was three years old. He grew up in Fremont, California, which he considers to be his hometown. When he was five, he began playing youth soccer, and attended John F. Kennedy High School where he played on the boys' soccer team.[1] After graduating from high school, he attended Hartwick College for a single year. Despite playing as a defender, he scored three goals as Hartwick went to the Final Four.


After his one season with Hartwick, Kinnear moved back to Scotland to try his luck with Scottish Football League club St. Johnstone.[2]

United States, Part 1

In 1989, Kinnear signed with the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the Western Soccer League (WSL). Kinnear remained with San Francisco Bay as the Blackhawks became one of the dominant teams of the era. In 1990, the WSL merged with the American Soccer League (ASL) to form the American Professional Soccer League (APSL). That season Kinnear again earned All Star honors. In 1991, the Blackhawks took the APSL title and in 1992 went to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions Cup. Kinnear again earned All Star honors in 1992. In 1993, the Blackhawks owner pulled the team from the APSL and moved it to the lower division USISL, renaming the team the San Jose Hawks in the process. Despite the move to the lower division and a winning season, the Hawks folded at the end of the season.

Kinnear then moved to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for the 1994 APSL season after a summer trial with English club Bolton Wanderers came to nothing.


In 1995, Kinnear played a single season with Mexican First Division team Necaxa. That season, he became the first U.S. player to score in the Mexican First Division. Necaxa also took the Mexican League title.

United States, Part 2

At the end of the Mexican season, Kinnear moved to the Seattle Sounders of the A League just in time to win another league championship. He signed with the Sounders on August 10, 1995 as a replacement for injured Dick McCormick.[3] In the championship final, he scored the winning penalty kick.

On January 24, 1996, Major League Soccer (MLS) allocated Kinnear to the Colorado Rapids, making him one of the first players in the league. Kinnear spent the 1996 season with the Rapids. On December 15, 1996, the Rapids traded Kinnear and a second round draft pick to the San Jose Clash for Paul Bravo and Rafael Amaya. He later moved to the Tampa Bay Mutiny. He scored six goals and 24 assists in his career in MLS.


Kinnear earned 54 caps for the US National Team, including many of his country's warm-up games for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, although he was not selected for the final squad.

Coaching career

In 2001, first-time head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes, Frank Yallop, named Dominic Kinnear as his assistant coach. Together, they helped coach the Earthquakes to the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. In 2004, Frank Yallop left to coach the Canadian national team and Dominic was promoted to head coach of the Earthquakes, assigning John Doyle to replace him as assistant coach. After leading the Quakes to the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2005, Kinnear moved to Houston with the rest of the Earthquakes, when the team was renamed the Houston Dynamo. On November 12, 2006, Kinnear led the Houston Dynamo to their first MLS Cup Championship. On November 18, 2007, the Dynamo won their second MLS Cup in a row, again beating the New England Revolution.



San Francisco Bay Blackhawks

  • APSL (1): 1991


Seattle Sounders (USL)

  • A-League (1995-2004) (1): 1995 A-League


Houston Dynamo

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