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Report: Crew’s Pat Onstad to be named Houston Dynamo general manager

The Black & Gold technical director has been with the team since 2014

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Pat Onstad, the Columbus Crew’s technical director, is expected to be named the general manager of the Houston Dynamo. This report is according to team legend and FOX Soccer commentator Stu Holden.

Onstad, a long time Major League Soccer goalkeeper, started in the league with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2003. He stayed with the team when they moved to Houston and became the Dynamo in 2006 through the 2010 season. Onstad earned two rings as a member of two MLS Cup-winning teams in Houston in 2007 and 2008.

After retiring at the end of 2010 season, Onstad joined D.C. United as an assistant coach, playing three games as a player-coach in 2011 before moving to Toronto FC to becoming chief scout for the 2013 season.

Onstad joined the Crew in 2014 as an assistant coach on Gregg Berhalter’s staff. Onstad then took on his current role as technical director before the 2019 season as part of the new look front office under team president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko.

Onstad has been Bezbatchenko’s top lieutenant in his three years as technical director, helping build out the team’s front office and has been integral in the team’s transfer dealings during his tenure in the front office.

Even with Onstad’s departure, the Black & Gold’s front office still is well stocked. The team has two highly-regarded rising stars in MLS front office circles as veterans of the Toronto front office. Issa Tall joined the Crew in 2019 as the team’s director of player personnel & strategy. Corey Wray joined as the team’s general manager of Crew 2. Tall and Wray were identified in an article in The Athletic as rising front office staffers. Both now have the title of assistant general manager and are likely taking bigger roles this offseason.

After a deeply disappointing season, the team will be moving forward with one of the architects of Columbus’ 2020 MLS Cup team. The offseason is likely to be a busy one for the team. The Crew has three games left in a regular season that has seen a title defense nearly derailed. The Black & Gold are likely to miss the MLS Cup playoffs after recording 38 points through 31 games. They sit five points below the seventh and final playoff spot.

After winning a title a year ago, the team now must retool an injury-bitten roster that struggled offensively. The Crew will now chart a path without the longest standing members of the front office.