Matt Jordan – Senior Vice President/General Manager

Matt Jordan joined the Houston Dynamo in November of 2014 as the club’s first Vice President/General Manager. Upon arriving in Houston, Jordan was tasked with elevating all aspects of the club’s technical operations, following four successful seasons working in the Montreal Impact front office in the MLS. In March of 2018, the Dynamo promoted Jordan to Senior Vice President/General Manager.

In his eleventh year working in an MLS front office, Jordan is responsible for overseeing all aspects of soccer operations including the Houston Dynamo First Team, Development Academy, and the clubs USL affiliation. His responsibilities include technical staff management, player personnel and transactions, scouting, managing the team’s salary cap and operations budget, while overseeing the day-to-day operations for the technical side of the club. At the league level, Jordan is the club’s Chief Soccer Officer and serves on that same committee.

Since joining the Dynamo, Jordan has refined and implemented the club’s technical vision, while working with the staff to guide the club to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals, winning the 2018 U.S. Open Cup Championship, and qualifying for the 2017 MLS playoffs while advancing to the Western Conference Championship series that year. 

Jordan has been instrumental in shaping the Dynamo roster since joining the club with key young international signings and the subsequent transfers of star forwards Mauro Manotas sold to FC Tijuana in Liga MX, and Alberth Elis sold to Boavista in the Portuguese Primiera Liga. Since joining the club he has successfully added foreign acquisitions such as Matias Vera, Marko Maric, Adam Lundkvist, Tyler Pasher, Alejandro Fuyenmayor, Romell Quioto, Tomas Martinez, Juan David Cabezas along with recent addition Mateo Bajamich.

 

Within the league Jordan has orchestrated the trades and the acquisition of players such as Tim Parker, Joe Corona, Maxi Urruti, Fafa Picault, Derrick Jones, Zarek Valentin, Darwin Quintero, Christian Ramirez, and Darwin Cerén; while adding Academy homegrown products and Houston natives Memo Rodriguez, Marcelo Palomino, Juan Castilla, and Danny Rios to the roster.

With the club’s USL setup, Jordan successfully led the initiative to build the first USL hybrid affiliate in North American soccer history with the expansion of RGVFC. This model has since been emulated by several other MLS clubs. This initiative successfully led to the signing of nine (9) players from RGVFC to Houston Dynamo First Team contracts along with the promotion of five (5) coaches to the Dynamo First Team and club. Jordan has since restructured the affiliation as the club plans to build the first U23 reserve team in club history, scheduled to start in Houston in 2022.

At the Academy level Jordan has been instrumental working with Academy Director Paul Holocher in revamping the club’s youth setup. They have restructured the Dynamo Academy and each phase of its development ladder. Key initiatives have included establishing the club’s first citywide ‘Catalyst’ Centers of Excellence program, while also expanding the club’s talent identification network through a number of affiliate relationships with youth clubs throughout the region. In addition, during this time the Dynamo became the first MLS club to partner with the world-renowned talent developer Tom Byers, to establish the first Soccer Starts at Home program in the country. The culmination of this work has led to the Houston Dynamo Academy being ranked #3 nationwide in Soccer Wire’s 2021 national rankings.

Prior to joining the Houston Dynamo, Jordan served as Technical Director for the Montreal Impact, playing an integral part in the Quebec based club’s successful expansion into Major League Soccer in 2012. During that time the team qualified for the playoffs in just their second season in MLS, won the Canadian Championship in 2013 & 2014, qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League twice, while advancing to the Quarterfinals in 2014. With Montreal, he worked to acquire designated players Ignacio Piatti, Marco DiVaio and Hernan Bernardello along with acquiring key veterans Felipe Martins, Davy Arnaud, Justin Mapp and World Cup winner Alessandro Nesta. During his time with the club, he led the initiative to start Montreal FC, the club’s first stand-alone USL team.

As a player, Jordan played professionally for 13 years, including eight seasons in Major League Soccer with Dallas, Columbus and Colorado. During his time playing in the league, he won a Supporters’ Shield, was an MLS All-Star, Defender of the Year, and a Finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. He played four seasons for the Montreal Impact, where he was named club MVP in 2008 helping Montreal to win the inaugural Canadian Championship, while collecting tournament MVP honors. In 2009 he led the team in the club’s historic run to the Quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League which was a first in history for a Canadian team. Later that year, Jordan and the Impact won the USL First Division Championship. In addition to his time in North America, Jordan played in the Danish Superliga with Odense Boldklub, helping the team to a top four finish in league play and qualification to the UEFA Cup.

At the International level, Jordan was a member of the United States National Team pool from 2000 and 2002. He was a bronze medal winner with U.S. National ‘B’ Team at the 1997 World University Games in Sicily, Italy, and represented the U.S. at the U23, U21, U20 and U18 National Teams levels. He holds a USSF “B” coaching license. 

Jordan graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a minor in sports marketing. During his time playing for the Tigers, he was a two-time First Team All-American, a finalist for College Player of the Year and was inducted into the All-ACC 50th Anniversary Team.

The Denver, Colorado native is joined in Houston by his wife Lori, daughter Sydney and son Myles.