Late Tuesday night, the Houston Dynamo announced assistant coach John Spencer had left the team for personal reasons.
While this move may not seem as major as Landin’s release or Anthony Obodai’s signing, the departure of John Spencer is ultimately a significant loss for the Dynamo.
It has been a well known fact for the past two seasons that Spencer was being courted by Major League Soccer expansion team Portland Timbers. Nothing definitive has been announced, but Spencer is most likely on his way to Portland, where he will coach the expansion team in the club’s inaugural season in 2011.
This move was certainly Spencer’s decision and not the Dynamo’s.
“I’ll miss him and I loved working with him,” Kinnear said. “You always appreciate an assistant coach who has so much knowledge where individual players would come up to him and ask for advice because they know he knows what he’s talking about.”
Everyone in Houston should wish Spencer the best. He was a highly-valuable and influential member of the Dynamo staff and will always be a part of the club’s history.