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Gotham FC hires Dash’s Juan Carlos Amorós as head coach

Juan Carlos Amorós. (Photo By Oscar J. Barroso/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Juan Carlos Amorós has been named the head coach for NJ/NY Gotham FC, the club announced Tuesday.

“I cannot wait to get started and show our fans what Gotham FC will be, and I’m determined to lead this club to become a global destination in the football world,” Amorós said in a statement.

Amorós had served as interim head coach of the Houston Dash during the 2022 season. But the Dash announced Friday that Amorós had “elected to pursue other opportunities” and would be leaving Houston.

The Dash attempted to keep Amorós, but he chose to accept the Gotham FC offer, The Striker reported Saturday.

Amorós took over as interim coach for the Dash in July. He became the first head coach in NWSL history to win his first three league matches.

The club closed the regular season on a 6-3-2 (W-L-D) run under Amorós. The Dash ended the season in fourth in the league standings, their highest-ever finish, and made their first playoff appearance.

Houston also set a record for home attendance during the 2022 season.

Gotham, meanwhile, finished last in the league while scoring the fewest goals. Amid a 12-game losing streak, the team parted ways with head coach Scott Parkinson.

“Juan Carlos is an experienced and ambitious coach who is highly respected by players for his tactical knowledge and leadership,” Gotham FC general manager Yael Averbuch West said in a statement. “He shares a strong belief in our vision for Gotham FC, and we are very excited to bring him to NJ/NY.”