Dynamo loan Newton to FC Tampa Bay

Rookie goalkeeper to compete for playing time with NASL club

The Houston
Dynamo announced last week that rookie goalkeeper Evan Newton has been loaned to FC
Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League to replace starting goalkeeper
Daryl Sattler who suffered a season ending ACL injury. 

The former Old Dominion University goalkeeper was drafted in the
first round of this year’s MLS Supplemental Draft after setting several goalkeeping records at ODU. As the Dynamo's third goalkeeper, Newton has yet to see action in either MLS or
reserve league play. 

The young
goalkeeper has trained under coach Tim Hanley and is working with goalkeepers
Tally Hall and Tyler Deric in training, but the move offers Newton a chance to
compete for some much needed playing time. 

“There’s an opening there, and we know the director of soccer
and coach very well,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “We spoke with
Tim and Evan and decided that it would be a good move.”

Newton has
not appeared for the Dynamo since preseason where the young goalkeeper played
sparingly with Hall and Deric getting most of the minutes. Newton will join fellow rookie Jeff Attinella
– who was also selected in the supplemental draft by Real Salt Lake – in the battle to replace
Sattler. The chance for playing time will benefit both Newton and the Dynamo by
giving him the chance to translate his skills from the training
field to competitive games. 

“We’ve done it before with Tyler [Deric]; he went to Austin
when their keeper got hurt in the past, and it really helped him along with some
other guys,” Kinnear said. “I think it’s a good opportunity for a young
goalkeeper, and I’m glad he agreed to do it.”

The loan is
scheduled to extend throughout the NASL season – Tampa’s regular season ends
September 24th. While Kinnear has stated
in the past that he prefers to carry three goalkeepers, the club is not currently
looking to sign a replacement for Newton and reserves the right to recall him if
necessary during the loan. 

“We’re
looking forward to Evan going there and playing and getting some good reports
from the coaches about him and his progress,” Kinnear said. 

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