As we mentioned yesterday on twitter, FC Dallas today announced a new technical director. Somewhat of a surprise, it's none other than US Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo.
“I want to thank Clark and Dan Hunt, Doug Quinn and Coach Schellas Hyndman for the opportunity to be a part of FC Dallas,” said Clavijo. “I’m very excited to be part of the technical staff and am eager to use my experience in helping FC Dallas be the best professional soccer team and the best player development academy in North America. Coach Hyndman already took us to the MLS Cup, now we need to get there again and win it.”
A native of Maldonado, Uruguay, Clavijo played three seasons in the American Soccer League, two in the North American Soccer League and 10 in Major League Soccer before transitioning to a spot on the sidelines. Inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, Clavijo earned 61 caps for the U.S. National Team.
“After spending much time evaluating candidates for our technical director position, I am very happy we have Fernando joining our staff,” said Hyndman. “He brings experience as a coach and as an excellent recruiter in identifying talent. I truly believe he will make a positive difference in the direction of FC Dallas.”
When his playing career ended, Clavijo stepped to the sidelines and was head coach of the Colorado Rapids from 2005 to 2008. He also served as an assistant with the MetroStars in 1998 and head coach of the New England Revolution from 2000 to 2002. At the international level, Clavijo was an assistant coach with the Nigerian national team in 1998 and head coach of the Haitian national team from 2003 to 2005.
Most recently, Clavijo has served as executive director of soccer for Traffic Sports USA in Florida.
“We are very excited to bring a person of Fernando’s caliber to FC Dallas,” said FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn. “It was difficult to find an individual who had the specific skills and experience that fit our unique needs for the pro team, our youth development program and the Academy; Fernando is the complete package. As a player, Fernando excelled on the field representing our national team and earning an induction into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame. As a coach, both internationally and in MLS, Fernando cultivated the skill and knowledge needed to help our professional team, academy and youth programs rise to the next level.”
Buzz's knee-jerk reaction: While I don't love Clavijo's record as a coach, I do like his connections and time he's spent in scouting/talent evaluating as well as his level of MLS experience. The key to this hire will be his interaction with coach Hyndman. To often Barry Gorman's transactions seemed to be contrary to Hyndman's desires or plan. If Clavijo and Hyndman are on the same page this could work.