Asher Mendelsohn joins the Houston Dynamo FC as the first technical director in club history. Mendelsohn comes to the Dynamo with an extensive background in Major League Soccer operations. Mendelsohn will report directly to Houston Dynamo General Manager Pat Onstad, working with the legendary goalkeeper to set the overall strategy for the Club’s Soccer Operations.
Mendelsohn is coming to the Dynamo having spent the previous couple years as a consultant for MLS and U.S. Soccer. Prior to his work as a consultant, Mendelsohn served as Chief Soccer Officer for the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Mendelsohn worked at the MLS team-level, serving as the Director of Soccer Operations for over five years with the Columbus Crew SC. In his five-year tenure, the club reached the Audi MLS Cup playoffs in four seasons, advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals in four seasons and hosted MLS Cup in 2015.
During his tenure, the club established one of the league's top outgoing transfer records, highlighted by the record-setting sales of Giancarlo Gonzalez to Palermo in Serie A and Zack Steffen to Manchester City in the English Premier League. The club also underwent a complete overhaul of their academy to align with their new soccer philosophy, eventually developing future MLS players Aidan Morris, Tyler Wolff, Abubacar Keita, Sebastian Berhalter, Owen Wolff, as well as future MLS coaches Nico Estevez and Ben Cross.
Mendelsohn joined the crew after an eight-year stint with the U.S. Soccer Federation, during which time he was responsible for the launch of significant programs to develop the sport, including the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, Professional Referee Organization, Youth National Team Scouting Network, and many others.
The 40-year-old graduated with honors from Brown University, playing for the current NCAA National Champion Mike Noonan and winning the Ivy League title in 2000 and 2001.