Gulf Coast native excited for return

Crew's Humanitarian of the Year headed to Houston


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Joseph Musarra/Houston Dynamo

The Dynamo added a new face on Friday by
trading for Columbus forward Jason Garey, a former MLS Cup and Supporters’
Shield champion and Hermann Trophy winner. With Garey, the Dynamo get younger
at forward and get local, with Garey’s hometown of Gonzales,
Louisiana, just a five-hour drive from Houston.

“I spent a lot of time in Houston going to youth
tournaments when I was younger,” Garey told in his first
interview after being traded. “My sister got married in Houston last spring and lives there now, so I’ve
definitely spent a lot of time there, and I’m looking forward to moving back.”

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The Gulf Coast
region is near and dear to Garey’s heart. In 2005, during a senior season at
the University of Maryland in which he won the Hermann Trophy and led
the Terrapins to the national championship, Garey also became active in relief
efforts in Louisiana
following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, he served as a spokesman
for Vanishing Paradise, a campaign to raise awareness of the effects of the BP oil

from the Gulf Coast
area, the Dynamo have always been the hometown team of Louisiana,
because even being in Houston,
they’re pretty close,” Garey said. “So I’m very excited and looking forward to
getting to play with those guys.”

Garey has seen middling playing time for Columbus over the last
several years; he has not started more than nine MLS games since his rookie
season of 2006. He did, however, see regular playing time in this year’s
Champions League group stage, helping Columbus
advance with a goal and an assist. He feels the Dynamo’s style of play will fit
his own.

“They play a 4-4-2, which is where I was
most effective and played in college,” Garey said. “Their possession game is
great. I love the way they attack and get crosses into the box, and guys like Brad
Davis and Geoff Cameron create a lot of chances. Playing forward, I’ve envied the
chances those guys create.”

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear,
reached in Martinique where he is scouting the
Caribbean Cup, said he is excited to add a player of Garey’s experience yet
relative youth.

““I’ve always thought he was a good
player,” Kinnear said. “When he played against us, I enjoyed his work rate and
his hunger to help the team, so we’re looking forward to seeing him in Houston.”