Dominic Kinnear

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Dominic Kinnear
Coaching Houston in 2008
Personal information
Full name Dominic Kinnear
Date of birth (1967-07-26) July 26, 1967 (age 55)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
FC Cincinnati (assistant)
Youth career
1985 Hartwick Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 St Johnstone 0 (0)
1989–1992 SF Bay Blackhawks 28 (6)
1993 San Jose Hawks 79 (7)
1994 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1995 Necaxa 5 (1)
1995 Seattle Sounders 6 (2)
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
2005–2014 Houston Dynamo
2014–2017 San Jose Earthquakes
2017–2018 LA Galaxy (assistant)
2018 LA Galaxy (interim)
2019–2020 LA Galaxy (assistant)
2020 LA Galaxy (interim)
2022– FC Cincinnati (assistant)
Representing  United States
Winner CONCACAF Gold Cup 1991
Runner-up CONCACAF Gold Cup 1993
Men's Soccer
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of November 5, 2014

Dominic Kinnear (born July 26, 1967) is an American soccer coach and former player. On January 18, 2022, he was named an assistant coach by FC Cincinnati, his first coaching role since serving as the interim head coach of the LA Galaxy.[1]

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 also earned 54 caps with the United States national team.

Kinnear has been involved in coaching MLS teams since 2001. His most notable stint was from 2006 to 2014 with the Houston Dynamo, a club he led to the MLS Cup in 2006 and again in 2007.

Youth career[edit]

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. He began playing youth soccer at the age of five before attending John F. Kennedy High School where he played on the boys' varsity soccer team.[2] After graduating from high school, he attended Hartwick College for a single year. As a defender, he scored three goals as Hartwick went to the Final Four.

Club career[edit]

Kinnear moved back to Scotland to try his luck with Scottish Football League club St Johnstone.[3]

United States (1989–94)[edit]

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.

Necaxa (1995)[edit]

In 1995, Kinnear played a single season with Primera División (First Division) team Necaxa. He scored one goal in five appearances as Necaxa took the Mexican League title.

Return to the United States (1995–2000)[edit]

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.[4] 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. In February 2001, Kinnear retired and joined the San Jose Earthquakes coaching staff that was led by his former Mutiny teammate Frank Yallop. Kinnear had initially thought he was being recruited to play before Yallop mentioned coaching.[5]

International career[edit]

Kinnear earned 54 caps for the U.S. 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[edit]

In 2001, the 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 and Kinnear was promoted to head coach of the Earthquakes. He led 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 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. Kinnear resigned as head coach of Houston Dynamo effectively as of October 25, 2014, after their last match of the regular season.[6]

Kinnear became the new head coach of San Jose Earthquakes following the conclusion of the 2014 regular season[6] He replaced Mark Watson, who was fired on October 15, 2014.[7] On June 25, 2017, Kinnear was fired as head coach of the Earthquakes and was replaced by Chris Leitch.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 November 11, 1991 Dallas, Texas  Costa Rica 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2 April 4, 1992 Palo Alto, California  Chile 3–0 5–0 Friendly
3 February 6, 1993 Santa Barbara, California  Romania 1–0 1–1 Friendly
4 March 3, 1993 Costa Mesa, California  Canada 1–0 2–2 Friendly
5 June 22, 1993 Quito, Ecuador  Venezuela 3–0 3–3 1993 Copa América
6 November 14, 1993 Mission Viejo, California  Cayman Islands 1–0 8–1 Friendly
7 3–0
8 December 5, 1993 Los Angeles, California  El Salvador 1–0 7–0 Friendly
9 4–0

Coaching record[edit]

As of game played on November 8, 2020
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
San Jose Earthquakes January 6, 2004 December 15, 2005 73 31 23 19 042.47 [9][10][11]
Houston Dynamo December 15, 2005 October 25, 2014 376 152 107 117 040.43 [12]
San Jose Earthquakes October 25, 2014 June 25, 2017 89 28 28 33 031.46 [9][13]
LA Galaxy (interim) September 10, 2018 December 28, 2018 6 3 1 2 050.00
LA Galaxy (interim) October 29, 2020 November 8, 2020 3 1 1 1 033.33
Total 547 215 160 172 039.31
  • 1.^ Record includes league, cup, playoffs and CONCACAF competitions.



San Francisco Bay Blackhawks


Seattle Sounders (USL)


San Jose Earthquakes

Houston Dynamo

Assistant Coach[edit]

San Jose Earthquakes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1],, 29 October 2020
  2. ^ Chapin, Dwight (November 5, 2010). "Quakes likely to go with Kinnear". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  3. ^ Smith, Paul (May 7, 2008). "Soutar has lift-off for Houston". Press and Journal. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  4. ^ Stickney, Mark Coker/Ron. "Seattle Pitch 1994-96 News". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Lagos traded to San Jose; Kinnear retiring". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Carlisle, Jeff (October 15, 2014). "Dominic Kinnear to coach San Jose Earthquakes". ESPN FC. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "MLS: Earthquakes sack Canadian coach Mark Watson". CBC Sports. The Associated Press. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  8. ^ Stejskal, Sam (June 25, 2017). "San Jose part ways with Dominic Kinnear, name Chris Leitch head coach". Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  9. ^ a b MLS Fact and Record Book. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "US Open Cup, National Challenge Cup history: Year-by-year". Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Four clubs advance to 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup Semifinals". March 25, 2004. Retrieved June 27, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Dominic Kinnear resigns as Houston Dynamo head coach". October 15, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "Open Cup Tournaments". Retrieved June 27, 2017.

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