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FC Dallas announced late today that head coach Luchi Gonzalez has been relieved of his role. The news came not even a day after Dallas' 3-2 defeat at the hands of rival Houston Dynamo. In addition to the loss, Dallas also surrendered El Capitan to the Dynamo after housing the supporters' trophy since 2018. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Derby) In their last five games, Dallas had 1 win, 2 draws, and 2 losses. They gave up 13 goals and scored 14.
Luchi departs FC Dallas with 29 wins, 26 draws, and 32 losses. He leaves with 129 goals for and 121 goals against during his time as head coach. In 2020 he led the team in a upset playoff win against the Portland Timbers. In 2019 he oversaw the development of Paxton Pomykal, Jesus Ferreira, and a few others in the first team. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luchi_Gonzalez)
Assistant coach Mikey Varas has also departed the club. Longtime goalkeeper coach Drew Keeshan and former player Peter Luccin will stay. (https://www.fcdallas.com/news/fc-dallas-announces-departure-of-head-coach-luchi-gonzalez)
FC Dallas announced that assistant coach Marco Ferruzzi will manage the club until a new head coach is brought in. Ferruzzi has been with the club since 2004 and has been an assistant coach under five different head coaches. He was on the coaching staff of the following managers, Colin Clarke, Steve Morrow, Schellas Hyndman, Oscar Pareja, and Luchi Gonzalez. (https://www.transfermarkt.us/marco-ferruzzi/stationen/trainer/53745/plus/1) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Ferruzzi)
Under Hyndman, he saw Dallas reach it's only appearance in the MLS Cup in 2010. Under Pareja, he saw the club break it's 19 year trophy drought with their second US Open Cup and first Supporter's Shield in 2016.
Dallas only have 8 games left in the regular season and sit outside of the playoff picture at 11th in the Western Conference. 5 games will be played in Toyota Stadium in Frisco, while the remaining 3 will be away.
Ferruzzi's first game as interim manager will be on Saturday, September 25th at 9:00PM against the Vancouver Whitecaps in BC Place in Vancouver. (https://www.fcdallas.com/schedule/matches)
By Melanie G. Isbell