Dynamo acquire defender Jordan Graye

23-year-old traded from Portland after playing 2010 with D.C. United

The Houston Dynamo
have acquired defender Jordan Graye in a trade with the Portland Timbers, the
teams announced today. In exchange for Graye, the Dynamo sent their natural
fourth-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to the Timbers. The Timbers had
selected Graye from D.C. United in the MLS Expansion Draft in November.

Graye, 23,
completed his first professional season in 2010 with hometown club D.C. United,
making 20 starts and playing 1,662 minutes in MLS play, fourth on the team.
Graye can play either outside back position.

is a promising young defender who is known for being a good athlete,” Dynamo
head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “He was pretty unheralded but played a lot of
games for D.C. last year. I’m looking forward to having him in Houston and helping him
continue to grow as a player.”

Jordan Graye player bio

Graye played in
the D.C. United
Academy while in high school but was
drafted by the club after five years at the University of North
Carolina. After seeing minimal college action in
his first two seasons, one of which he redshirted, Graye saw increased playing
time in 2007 and became a regular starter on squads that reached the NCAA
College Cup in 2008 and 2009. He was selected by D.C. United in the fourth
round of last year’s MLS SuperDraft.

“I’m glad to come
to Houston, and
I already know some people on the team like Corey Ashe and Tyler Deric from
UNC,” Graye said. “They seem to enjoy playing for Houston, and I hear good things about the
coaches, so I’m looking forward to getting a chance to play.”

READ: Graye excited to know new home for 2011

The Houston Dynamo are a
Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships in its first
five seasons and represented the United States in international competition
four consecutive years from 2007-10. For more information, log on to
www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

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Position: Defender
Height: 6’2” Weight: 170 lbs.
Date of Birth: June 15, 1987
Birthplace: Washington,
Hometown: Washington,
Citizenship: United
College: University
of North Carolina
Last Club: Portland
How Acquired: Traded from Portland for a 2014 draft pick on December 13,