Dynamo sign two Academy players

Midfielder Soto, forward Dixon give club four home-grown players

The
Houston Dynamo announced today they have signed midfielder Josue Soto and
forward Alex Dixon, both members of the Dynamo Academy, under Major League
Soccer’s home-grown player rule. Both players have been added to the club’s
professional roster and were introduced at a press conference Wednesday along
with first-round draft picks Kofi Sarkodie and Will Bruin. Per team and league
policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Soto
and Dixon
become the third and fourth home-grown players in team history, joining
goalkeeper Tyler Deric and midfielder Francisco Navas Cobo. More information on
the Dynamo Academy, presented by Statoil, is
available at HoustonDynamo.com/Academy.

Soto
turned 22 on January 3 and recently competed at the 2011 MLS Combine; he
becomes the first player in league history to be signed as a home-grown player
after completing his collegiate eligibility. The left-footed midfielder was one
of the first players to join the Dynamo
Academy in January 2007.
Born in Fort Worth but raised in Monterrey, Mexico,
Soto lived with his brother in Houston
while training with the Dynamo. He has also trained with United States
youth national teams.

Soto
played two years of college soccer at Campbell
University in North
Carolina and his final two years at SMU in Dallas, where he led the Mustangs to the NCAA
quarterfinals in 2010. He trained with the Dynamo first team in the summers of
2008 and 2010, missing 2009 due to injury. At SMU in 2010, Soto was a second
team all-Midwest Region and second team all-Conference USA selection
while leading the Mustangs with seven assists.

READ MORE: Soto credits father for leading the way

The
speedy Dixon, who will turn 21 in February,
joins the Dynamo as a professional after playing three years of college soccer
at the University
of North Carolina,
helping the Tar Heels reach the NCAA College Cup each year. He scored in three
consecutive games in UNC’s run to the 2009 semifinals, and he assisted on UNC’s
only goal in last year’s semifinals.

Dixon, a former Parade
and NSCAA High School All-America selection while in the United States U-17
residency program, first joined the Dynamo
Academy in late 2007 during his senior
year at Atascocita High School in Humble, located northeast of Houston adjacent to Bush Intercontinental
Airport. He trained with
the Dynamo first team briefly in the summer of 2008 and has scored in all three
editions of the Dynamo Academy Showcase, including the most recent match in
December.

READ MORE: Dixon happy to be back home

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.

-Forever Orange-

ALEX DIXON
Position: Forward
Height: 5’8” Weight: 150 lbs.
Date of Birth: February 7, 1990
Birthplace: Bay
City, Texas
Hometown: Humble, Texas
Citizenship: United
States
College: University
of North Carolina
Last Club: Houston
Dynamo Academy
How Acquired: Signed on January 19, 2011 as home-grown
player.

JOSUE SOTO
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’9” Weight: 160 lbs.
Date of Birth: January 3, 1989
Birthplace: Fort
Worth, Texas
Hometown: Monterrey,
Mexico
Citizenship: United States
/ Mexico
College: SMU
Last Club: Houston
Dynamo Academy
How Acquired: Signed on January 19, 2011 as home-grown
player