The Houston Dash have appointed Juan Carlos Amoros as the interim head coach.
He’s expected to join the NWSL team at the end of June, pending his visa approval. Until his arrival, Sarah Lowdon will remain as acting head coach.
Amoros replaces former manager and general manager James Clarkson, who was suspended amid an ongoing investigation reviewing “current and historic complaints of discrimination, harassment and abuse.”
The Spaniard is making his way to the NWSL after serving as the head coach of Real Betis Féminas from 2021 to 2022, where he led the European club to its longest unbeaten run in Spain’s top division.
“I am excited to join the Dash because I have seen the commitment to women’s soccer from owner Ted Segal and everyone at the organization,” Amorós said.
“I believe the Dash have a massive potential to be one of the best teams in the best league in the world. I love that Houston is a multicultural city with the ability for me to make an impact in the community, both on and off the field. I can’t wait to get started.”
Lowdon will remain on the team, and serve as Amoros’ first assistant.
“I am very excited to welcome Juan and his family to the Houston Dash,” Lowdon said. “I am looking forward to learning from Juan and working with him throughout this transition. I really appreciate the support I’ve received from the fans, players and our president, Jessica O’Neill. We are ready to build upon the success we’ve had during the regular season so far.”
Lowdon stepped up as acting head coach ahead of Houston’s regular season home-opener on May 1, and has since led the team to a 3D-2L-1D record.
“After a thorough search process, we are thrilled to introduce Juan to Houston and believe his leadership experience in the women’s game will be a difference-maker,” Houston Dash president Jessica O’Neill said.
“In addition, we’d like to recognize Sarah Lowdon for her impactful work and thoughtful approach to serving as acting head coach. We look forward to having both Juan and Sarah, alongside the rest of our staff, lead us towards our goal of making the playoffs for the first time in club history.”
The Dash returns to the pitch on Sunday when facing the North Carolina Courage at WakeMed Soccer Park.