Steve Ralston joined the Earthquakes ahead of the 2015 season after four years as an assistant coach with the Houston Dynamo following his retirement from professional soccer. The Dynamo reached the MLS Cup Playoffs three times during Ralston’s tenure, including back-to-back trips to the MLS Cup Final in 2011 and 2012 and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Final in 2013.
A native of St. Louis, Ralston retired as the all-time MLS leader in assists (135), games played (378), starts (372), and minutes played (33,143). As a midfielder, he played in four MLS Cup finals for New England and was named an MLS All-Star seven times. He received MLS Best XI recognition three times during his 15-year career and is the only three-time recipient of the MLS Fair Play Award in league history.
On the international level, Ralston appeared 36 times for the United States national team and scored four goals, including the game-winning goal against Mexico on September 3, 2005, as the United States clinched qualification for the World Cup. He was an alternate for the World Cup squad but has represented the United States at the Gold Cup three times, including championship squads in 2005 and 2007.