HOUSTON (Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020) – The Houston Dynamo Football Club has extended the contract of Sr. Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan, the Club announced today. Jordan is now under contract through the 2021 Major League Soccer season, aligning him with head coach Tab Ramos.
Jordan was appointed as Vice President and General Manager on Nov. 4, 2014, becoming the first person in Club history to hold the GM role. The Dynamo extended Jordan’s contract following the 2017 season, where the Club returned to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and reached the Western Conference Championship.
Houston claimed the first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship in Club history the following year and returned to the international stage in 2019. The Dynamo reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 Scotiabank Champions League after defeating CD Guastatoya of Guatemala in the Round of 16.
Jordan helped lead the effort to sign head coach Tab Ramos prior to the 2020 season, and the new contract aligns him with Ramos, with whom he works closely to build the First Team roster.
“I appreciate the opportunity that our ownership group has given me to continue the project that Tab and I started last year. We are working together to prepare for next season and build the 2021 Dynamo roster which is a challenge I look forward to,” Jordan said. “We are growing as a club, and I’m pleased in particular about the way the Dynamo Academy has progressed over the last few years, both in on-field results and in producing professional-caliber players the city of Houston can be proud of. I’m very optimistic about the future of our Club and the direction we are moving in.”
During Jordan’s tenure he has been instrumental in the acquisition of key international signings such as Alberth Elis, Mauro Manotas, Matías Vera, and Adam Lundkvist while executing trades within the league for key contributors such as Darwin Quintero, Zarek Valentin, Christian Ramirez, Dawin Cerén and A.J. DeLaGarza.
Jordan has also been instrumental in revamping the Club’s youth setup, restructuring the Dynamo Academy and each phase of its development ladder, establishing the city wide Centers of Excellence program, and expanding the talent identification network through a number of affiliate relationships with youth clubs throughout the region.
The Dynamo Academy enters its third year under current Director Paul Holocher, who Jordan appointed in 2018. The Dynamo First Team has signed five players from the Academy since Holocher joined the Club, including four Academy alumni this year. On Oct. 1, the Club re-signed starting midfielder Memo Rodriguez, the first Dynamo Academy player to sign a Homegrown contract under Jordan’s tenure.
Jordan represents the Club on Major League Soccer’s Chief Soccer Officers committee and serves as a chair member on the league’s Roster and Budget Subcommittee.
Jordan played a key role in the Club’s effort to purchase the training facility at Houston Sports Park toward the end of 2019, while working with the Club on the building renovation plan which will provide the Dynamo First Team with improved locker room and treatment facilities.
Dates for the start of the 2021 Major League Soccer season have not been announced at this time.