Clark aiming for April comeback

Winger looks to gain fitness via Reserve League

Houston
Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark has a reputation for using his pace and agility
to beat opponents. But these days, it’s his injury history that gets the most attention.
With a new home in Houston and a year separating him from his last knee surgery,
the Dynamo and Clark are hoping to change that.

“On his day,
he’s one of those players in the league that one-on-one can turn a game,” Houston manager Dominic Kinnear
said to MLSsoccer.com. “He puts defenders on their heels, and he’s not afraid to go at guys.”

When healthy,
Kinnear believes that Clark has the ability to change a
match at any time with his
ability to create for himself and for his teammates from the wing. That’s something
that is very important for a team like Houston that has traditionally built its
game on flank play.

“I think wide
play is so important in MLS, and he’s definitely a guy who can play on the left
or right for us and provide that,” Kinnear said.

With Brad
Davis the incumbent starter at left midfield, the left-footed Clark is likely
get his shot on the opposite side of the field. From the right side Clark will
have the opportunity to cut in on his left foot and go for goal or whip balls
in the box. Whether it’s
the right or left wing, Clark is simply looking forward to getting on the field.

“I’m open to
[playing on the right], and it could add a different element to my game playing
on the right,” Clark said. “Wherever I can help this team is where I’ll play.”

Clark joined
a light training session Monday before the team left for Phoenix. It was his
first action with the club this preseason as he waits to be cleared for full
contact training.

When asked about a timetable Clark indicated he will likely
miss the first four or five games of the season and is hoping to use the reserve league to get
into game shape.

“With the
reserve league coming back, it will allow me some game time and hopefully it
will be a quick turnaround once I get going.”

Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo
for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on twitter at @Dynamoexaminer.