Canetti's Corner - June 7, 2010

Canetti announces Obodai coming on trial, ready for Summer of Soccer

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Welcome to edition No. 6 of my weekly blog. It appears on the
new HoustonDynamo.com every Monday.

What’s going on and where do we go from here?
I’m sure that’s what you’re thinking, and that’s fair given the recent results.

After
all, we are not used to going through such difficult times. It’s been
uncharacteristic, unusual, and rough.

We
recognize that the recent results are tough to swallow, and we recognize that
things need to change. Some changes include getting healthy and simply playing
better.

But
we will also look at options that can improve the team over the summer transfer
window. Any moves would be designed to make us better now and build for the
future. A few weeks ago, our primary target was a midfielder. Our scope has
likely widened since then.

I
think we still have a core of very good players, and we are not out of the
playoff race, so we can’t get nuts. It’s not time to panic or blow things up,
but we are concerned. The results from the recent string of matches came as a
surprise and are causing us to take a much closer look at things. We’re not
sitting idle and will consider all options towards improvement.

One
specific option we are looking at is central midfielder Anthony Obodai, who is
coming on trial for two weeks. Obodai is a Ghanaian national and last played in
the Eredivisie in Holland.
He is scheduled to play in both upcoming friendlies, including the Dynamo
Charities Cup at Robertson Stadium on June 19.

We
have trial invites out to other players and are waiting to hear if they will
accept. One open invite includes Honduran international Emil Martinez. We
placed a discovery tag on him and offered the trial, but he has not RSVP’d as
of now.

Some
players do not believe trials are in their best interest. We are unlikely to
sign most foreign players without seeing them first-hand. This is a philosophy
we have developed from prior experiences. As always, we are reviewing stacks of
player resumés and game DVDs.

A few
other quick non-team-related notes:

1.
All-Star games sales have exceeded 30,000.

2. The
Summer of Soccer gets underway with Mayor Annise Parker’s reception for all the
general consuls in Houston on Thursday and the big USA-England World Cup
viewing party at Discovery Green on Saturday. It’s free and will include the
Budweiser Beer Garden for adults and the McDonald’s Kids Zone for kids. Come on down
and join us from noon-4 p.m.!

3. Dynamo
Residential Elite Camp registration remains open, but only a few spots are
left. For more, click here.

4. Go
for the Goal 5k Run registrations are now being accepted. For more, click here.

Finally,
thanks to those fans that have reached out over the last few days. I understand
your frustration and concern. I also appreciate your on-going support.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the World Cup.