Dynamo sign two prior to transfer deadline
The Houston Dynamo have signed Spanish forward Sergio Koke
and Jamaican midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson, it was announced today, the last day
until July for players to transfer into Major League Soccer from foreign
leagues. Per team and league policy, terms of the transactions were not
disclosed. Watson will join the Dynamo roster pending approval of his P-1 visa.
Koke will join the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer
Born Sergio Contreras, Koke comes to the Dynamo after almost
five years with Greek club Aris, including the last two years as team captain.
A native of Málaga, Spain,
Koke has played for Málaga, Marseille in France,
and Sporting Lisbon in Portugal
throughout his career. The 27-year-old scored 30 league goals over his five
seasons in Greece
and led Aris to the Greek Cup final in 2009-10 and the knockout round of the
UEFA Europa League this year. He is expected to join the club early to mid next
“I think it’s good that we’ve added depth to positions of need,”
Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear
said. “Sergio has a good track record. We did our due diligence looking at the
way he plays, and by all accounts and based on what he did to make himself free,
he shows an eagerness that’s not seen too often, so he comes in with a great
attitude so far.”
Watson has been training with the Dynamo all week on an
extended trial after first playing with Houston
during the preseason. Also 27 years old, Watson has spent his entire club
career in his native Jamaica,
most recently serving as team captain for Sporting Central. The midfielder has
appeared eight times for Jamaica.
“Je-Vaughn played central midfield for us in preseason and
impressed at two positions, holding midfielder and attacking midfielder,” Kinnear
said. “He’s shown eagerness to get forward and eagerness to defend, so I think
it’s an area we needed some depth.”
The Dynamo return to action this Sunday, April 17, facing
the New England Revolution at Robertson Stadium at 6 p.m. The first 5,000 fans
will receive free T-shirts made from organic cotton, courtesy of Greenstar
Recycling, as part of the Dynamo’s Earth Day festivities. For tickets or more
information, please call 713-276-7500 or click here.
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.
Full Name: Sergio Contreras Pardo
Height: 5’10” Weight: 160 lbs.
Date of Birth: April 27, 1983
Last Club: Aris (Greece)
How Acquired: Signed on April 15, 2011
Height: 6’1” Weight: 175 lbs.
Date of Birth: October 22, 1983
Hometown: May Pen,
Last Club: Sporting Central (Jamaica)
How Acquired: Transferred from Sporting Central on April 15,