Houston confirms players on summer radar

Dynamo staff paying close attention to CONCACAF Gold Cup

As the CONCACAF Gold Cup gets set to stage its quarterfinals next weekend, Houston Dynamo fans may want to pay extra attention. The
club’s coaches sure are.

Houston president of business operations Chris Canetti confirmed on Tuesday
that there are international players featured in the
tournament who are on the club’s target list for the upcoming summer
transfer window. The club has not shied away from intentions to add players when MLS
clubs are permitted to participate in the world’s wheelings-and-dealings
July 15-August 14. Reports of a formal 'wish list'
featuring 20 names are further evidence that a concrete plan is in
place.

“I think it’s publicly known we’re in the market for attacking players
at this time,” Canetti told MLSsoccer.com by phone Tuesday. “Mostly
we’re looking at players at forward, but some on the current list are at
other positions.”

Canetti confirmed that the team has a “large” list – which Canetti expects to grow in the coming weeks – of foreign-based attacking
players to evaluate. The next step is to figure out which may one prove
to be the right fit as the club seeks a successful signing.

“There are a number of things that go into a player being a good fit,”
Canetti said. “Position, the transfer fee, age, salary, and of course the
player has to fit [head coach Dominic Kinnear]’s system both on the
field and in the locker room.”

The locker room attribute has always been a focal point for Houston.
Known for having positive team chemistry, the Dynamo are focused on bringing
in a player that will fit into the team.

“This team’s always been about character, so mental make-up is certainly
one of the contributing factors,” Canetti said. “With that said, there
are a number of things that go into the process, and we’re going through a
thorough evaluation process to try and find the best possible option to
bring here and help us win a championship.”

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