Minnesota United fires coach Adrian Heath, technical director Mark Watson
Minnesota United has fired head coach Adrian Heath, a source confirmed to KSTP Sports on Friday morning. The club has since confirmed.
It comes a day before the club is set to face LA Galaxy at Allianz Field and amid a winless stretch that dates back to Aug. 30, when Minnesota topped Colorado 3-0.
Heath was named Minnesota’s head coach in November 2016 ahead of the club’s move to MLS in 2017. In 2019, he led the Loons to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first of four consecutive seasons.
Over his seven seasons with the club, he compiled a 91-101-56 record in all competitions.
However, Minnesota United (9-12-11) has struggled recently and sits 12 in the Western Conference as of Friday with 38 points and just two regular-season games left.
“We are grateful to Adrian for his dedication to our club and for all that we have accomplished over the last seven seasons. This was a difficult decision, but we believe that the time is right to move in a new direction,” MNUFC CEO Shari Ballard said in a prepared statement Friday. “Whenever a club decides to make a coaching change, there is a tendency to focus only on the end of that coach’s tenure; however, the conclusion of Adrian’s time with MNUFC should not diminish his significant contributions to our club. His passion and hard work have been enormously impactful, and we thank him for all that he has done for MNUFC and for our community.”
Before joining Minnesota, Heath had an 18-year professional career and also spent 11 years coaching in England before taking over for the Austin Aztex, which became Orlando City two years later.
Additionally, Minnesota United says it “parted ways” with technical director Mark Watson who was an assistant coach in the club’s inaugural MLS season and rose to the technical director position after the 2019 season.
Minnesota United says assistant coach Sean McCauley will serve as the club’s interim head coach for the rest of this season, and assistant coach Ian Fuller and goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr will remain in their current roles.