Houston Dash president Chris Canetti resigns

Canetti will become president of the Houston World Cup Bid Committee

Houston Dash president Chris Canetti at the 2018 NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/isiphotos.com)

Houston Dash and Dynamo president Chris Canetti has resigned, the club announced Friday. Canetti will become president of the Houston World Cup Bid Committee which is working to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Houston.

Canetti has been Dynamo president since 2010, and led the Dash joining the NWSL as an expansion team in 2014. He will continue as president of the Dynamo and Dash until the end of this year, and move on to his new role in January 2019.

“Today, I am filled with mixed emotions.  I love this club, cherish my time here, and feel sadness about it coming to an end,” Canetti said in comments released by the club.

“But I am confident that is the right time to move on to the next challenge. And with this next challenge comes the opportunity to work on something vitally important to the game of soccer and our community, and that’s ensuring that Houston secures World Cup matches in 2026.”