Dominic Kinnear

Dominic Kinnear (born July 26, 1967) is an American soccer coach and former player. He is currently the assistant coach of LA Galaxy.[1]

Dominic Kinnear
Coaching Houston in 2008
Personal information
Full name Dominic Kinnear
Date of birth (1967-07-26) July 26, 1967
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy (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
2006–2014 Houston Dynamo
2015–2017 San Jose Earthquakes
2017–2018 LA Galaxy (assistant)
2018 LA Galaxy (interim)
2019– LA Galaxy (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 5, 2014

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

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

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

United States (1989–94)

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)

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)

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.

International career

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

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.[5]

Kinnear became the new head coach of San Jose Earthquakes following the conclusion of the 2014 regular season[5] He replaced Mark Watson, who was fired on October 15, 2014.[6] On June 25, 2017, Kinnear was fired as head coach of the Earthquakes and was replaced by Chris Leitch.[7]

Career statistics

International goals

1November 24, 1991Dallas, Texas Costa Rica1–11–1Friendly
2April 4, 1992Palo Alto, California Chile3–05–0Friendly
3February 6, 1993Santa Barbara, California China PR1–01–1Friendly
4March 3, 1993Costa Mesa, California Canada1–02–2Friendly
5June 22, 1993Quito, Ecuador Venezuela3–03–31993 Copa América
6November 14, 1993Mission Viejo, California Cayman Islands1–08–1Friendly
8December 5, 1993Los Angeles, California El Salvador1–07–0Friendly

Coaching record

As of game played on June 24, 2017
Team From To Record Ref
San Jose Earthquakes January 6, 2004 December 15, 2005 73 31 23 19 042.47 [8][9][10]
Houston Dynamo December 15, 2005 October 25, 2014 375 152 107 116 040.53 [11]
San Jose Earthquakes October 25, 2014 June 25, 2017 89 28 28 33 031.46 [8][12]
LA Galaxy (interim) 10 September 2018 28 December 2018 6 3 1 2 050.00
Total 543 214 159 170 039.41
  • 1.^ Record includes league, cup, playoffs and CONCACAF competitions.



San Francisco Bay Blackhawks


Seattle Sounders (USL)


Houston Dynamo

See also


  1. LA Galaxy announce technical staff additions,, 9 January 2019
  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. Carlisle, Jeff (October 15, 2014). "Dominic Kinnear to coach San Jose Earthquakes". ESPN FC. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  6. "MLS: Earthquakes sack Canadian coach Mark Watson". CBC Sports. The Associated Press. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  7. Stejskal, Sam (June 25, 2017). "San Jose part ways with Dominic Kinnear, name Chris Leitch head coach". Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  8. MLS Fact and Record Book. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  9. "US Open Cup, National Challenge Cup history: Year-by-year". Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  10. "Four clubs advance to 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup Semifinals". March 25, 2004. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  11. "Dominic Kinnear resigns as Houston Dynamo head coach". October 15, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  12. "Open Cup Tournaments". Retrieved June 27, 2017.

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