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Houston Dynamo boss Coyle reflects on educational debut MLS campaign

Owen Coyle recently completed his first season in Major League Soccer with Houston Dynamo.

The Scottish coach, who has managed in the English Premier League with Bolton and Burnley, took the reins of the Texan outfit prior to the 2015 campaign.

Coyle led the Dynamo to an eighth-placed finish in the Western Conference in what he describes as a very difficult competition to navigate due to the geographic nature of the USA and Canada.

"It's not like back home in England where there are 20 teams in a 50-mile radius," he said.

"In Texas, it's nearly three times the size of the whole of the UK. When we travel, I'd actually equate it to playing a European game every second week in terms of when you go on the road, because flights can range from anything between one hour and five hours.

"There's no buses, you've got to fly everywhere because of the size of the country and we're changing time zones all the time, we change altitude.

"I've got to say the first season has been so much of a learning curve, but within that we've done very well at different things."

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