New trialists train with Dynamo on Friday

Attacking midfielders Sánchez, Lindemann spend first day in orange


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As expected, the Houston Dynamo added two more trialists —
Costa Rican Álvaro Sánchez and German midfielder Björn Lindemann — to
their ranks Friday morning. Both players are slated to be on trial with
the club for one week and could see time in Wednesday's Dynamo Charities Cup.

Despite Houston preparing for an important match against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, the pair participated in crossing drills and a short-field possession game as a first audition with the club.

“It’s tough, because we’re preparing for the game tomorrow, but it’s a
chance for them to come in and interact with the team,” said assistant
coach Wade Barrett, who worked with the pair. “You can get a sense of
the type of player they are. Things like seeing if they bring energy and
talk with the other players and if they can influence practice.”

For Sánchez, this is his second experience in
MLS. The current San Carlos midfielder came to the league on loan with
FC Dallas in 2009, but a nagging ankle injury led to his return to
Costa Rica. Now healthy and displaying a nose for goal, the midfielder
is in Houston looking to take advantage of his latest opportunity.

“I’m very grateful to the club for the opportunity,” Sánchez said
through a translator. “I feel I’m fast and I have a good technical
ability. I plan to take maximum advantage and hopefully stay with the

News of Sánchez’s arrival surfaced Thursday, but Lindemann’s identity was a mystery coming into the day. Lindemann has been with VfL Osnabrück — who were relegated from the
German second division this past season while being coached by American
former pro Joe Enochs — since 2009, mostly playing as a central
midfielder with a knack for going forward. The 27-year-old tallied five goals and three assists in all competitions for
Osnabrück last season and is open to continuing his career in the U.S.

“I think I have a good head for passing and a good shot, and I have
good conditioning,” Lindemann said. “It’s a new situation here, coming
in the middle of the season. I just hope I can bring some technique and
passing to help the club.”

Barrett remarked on some of the positives he saw in the newcomers.

“We were playing a possession game, and while we weren’t doing a whole
lot, it was hot and we saw them putting in the effort to get on the ball
and fight through the heat,” Barrett said. “With the travel, that’s a
positive sign.”

Both Sánchez and Lindemann will get a chance to show their skills
against quality competition when Houston host Bolton Wanderers on July
20 in the Dynamo Charities Cup. The pair’s time in Houston gives both
them and the club a chance to see if the fit is right.

“They can come in and we can put them on trial and they can put us on
trial and see if this is somewhere they want to be,” Barrett said. “We
don’t want players here who don’t want to be here and [dont want to] commit to getting
this team to our goals.”

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