Gonzalo Pineda has been a hot commodity this offseason in MLS circles and it appears that the Seattle Sounders assistant coach is on the radar for at least one head coaching vacancy. Pablo Iglesias Maurer of The Athletic reported this morning that Pineda is among three MLS-based finalists for the vacant DC United job, along with former S2 head coach and Sounders assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson and the Red Bulls’ Chris Armas.
Update on #DCU's head coaching search - in addition to Ezra Hendrickson & Chris Armas, United are speaking to a third #MLS-based candidate — Seattle Sounders assistant Gonzalo Pineda. Club have spoken with him multiple times, sources say, and consider him a finalist for the job.— Pablo Iglesias Maurer (@MLSist) November 17, 2020
This isn’t the first time that Pineda has been in the running to take the helm of a club. In August, Liga MX side Pumas UNAM reportedly contacted Pineda to fill their vacancy after their head coach inexplicably stepped down. Pumas was the team that Pineda started his professional career with. It is not clear why Pineda turned down the position at the time.
The former Mexican international does not have any personal connections with DC United, but the opportunity to become a head coach must be an attractive proposition.