Dynamo take stock of their roster options

Ngwenya could play soon as Dynamo injuries mount

MLS late last week issued new roster rules allowing each team to add
two additional roster spots for homegrown players. The rules now allow two homegrown players, 20 senior players and four additional protected players.  

Since the
Dynamo already have two homegrown players on their roster in Tyler Deric and
Francisco Navas Cobo, this essentially opens up two more roster spots for the
team to use on other players.  

“We got Tyler
[Deric] and Francisco [Navas Cobo] so it obviously opens up two spots and some
extra money,” coach Dominic Kinnear said.
“It makes us more flexible in what we can do. We’re looking to improve the squad. It changes things a little bit in terms of
numbers and money so that maybe we can be a little more aggressive at times.”

The Dynamo
used some of their newfound roster flexibility immediately by signing Joseph
Ngwenya on Tuesday. Ngwenya will fill
the one remaining senior-roster spot available. 

The club
should have additional flexibility to potentially move other players from the
senior roster to the protected player list and open up additional senior roster spots,
but it has not made any moves along those lines yet.    

While the
team came to terms with the former Dynamo forward Ngwenya, his international
transfer certificate is held by the Turkish club Antalyaspor. Consequently, it
could take some time before his paperwork is finalized.  

Everyone
likely remembers Ngwenya’s last moment in Orange, when he scored a goal in the
2007 MLS Cup and helped the Dynamo earn their second consecutive championship.

Ngwenya
spoke this week about his travels since
that goal, which have taken him from Germany to Turkey. 

“It was
great,” said Ngwenya. “It’s always good
to experience something different.  It
didn’t work out as I would have planned or wished, but it was a great
experience.”

With Dynamo
forwards Brian Ching and Cam Weaver injured and Luis Ángel Landín suspended for
Saturday’s game, Dominic Oduro may be the only forward available on the
roster. If Ngwenya can formalize his
paperwork in time, he may jump straight into the starting lineup. If not, Brian Mullan may again be forced up
top.

“I’m pulling
for Joe big-time,” Mullan quipped.

Dwain Capodice is a contributor to MLSsoccer.com. Questions or Comments can be sent via email to dwaincapodice@gmail.com.