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FC Dallas sack head coach Luchi Gonzalez following derby defeat

FC Dallas has axed head coach Luchi Gonzalez, announcing his departure shortly after the club’s 3-2 defeat in the Texas Derby to Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening.

In an official club statement, FC Dallas president Dan Hunt said: “We believe a coaching change is in the best interest of the club at this time to help us achieve our goals. I want to thank Luchi for everything he has done for this organization. We wish him all the best.”

Director of soccer operations Marco Ferruzzi will take the reins at the Western Conference club on a temporary basis until a new full-time manager is appointed.

“Marco Ferruzzi has been with the organization since 2004 and was a member of the coaching staff during our most successful seasons, including 2016 when FC Dallas won the Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup,” said Hunt. “His experience and league insight will serve us well as we work towards competing for a playoff spot this season.”

Florida-born Gonzalez was in the midst of this third campaign with FC Dallas, having led them to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in 2019 and 2020. However, this season, the team have been performing below expectations with the club placed down in 11th spot in the Western Conference at the time of Gonzalez’s departure.

Dallas’ 3-2 reverse at local rivals Houston Dynamo on Saturday seemed to be the tipping point and catalyst for action however, and Gonzalez’s exit was confirmed shortly after the loss. The team had won just five of their final 23 MLS fixtures under the 41-year-old.

On what was a busy evening for the club, it was confirmed that assistant coach Peter Luccin and goalkeeping coach Drew Keeshan and director of scouting José de Jesús “Chuy” Vera will remain on Ferruzzi’s staff, though assistant coach Mikey Varas has also been relieved of his duties.

First up for interim-boss Feruzzi and his new Dallas charges is a trip to play Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend, while their first home game of the post-Gonzalez era takes place against Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City shortly after.

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