Camargo signing reinforces midfield

24-year-old Brazilian joins on loan from Clube Paraná

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After striking a loan deal last week for forward Carlo Costly, the
Houston Dynamo reinforced their central midfield with the signing of
Brazilian Luiz Camargo on Tuesday. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, MLSsoccer.com confirmed that, like Costly, Camargo is coming to Houston on loan.

The 24-year-old joins the Dynamo from Clube Paraná, who currently sit
in fourth place in the Brazilian second division, and is expected to contribute on both sides of the ball.
His first day to participate in team activities is dependent on the
approval of his P-1 visa and the arrival of his international transfer
certificate.

The move makes sense on multiple levels for Houston. The club has
undergone significant personnel changes, with trades and injuries
affecting the club in recent weeks. With the team keen to reinforce its
roster, bringing the Brazilian into the fold was an easy decision.

“I liked the way he played when I saw him,” said Dynamo head coach
Dominic Kinnear, who first saw Camargo during a scouting trip to Brazil
in January. “He can play in central midfield and gives us some options
and flexibility in there.”

MORE: Luiz Camargo bio

Kinnear was impressed with the midfielder’s work rate and versatility
during his time in South America, but Houston were unable to strike a
deal with the 5-foot-8 Brazilian. Camargo resurfaced on Houston’s radar
within the last month and, still seeking reinforcements, the club
pounced on the opportunity to add another quality player.

“He has pace and can close down space and uses the ball well,” Kinnear
said. “He was very good in man-to-man marking, and I liked the way he
played the game. He kept the ball and played very simple.”

From Kinnear’s comments, the midfielder should be able to provide
Houston with another option in the center of the pitch who can be
effective defensively and can contribute in the attack. The move to bring a versatile player like Camargo to Houston provides depth at a position that currently is short on numbers.

MORE: Club press release

Camargo joins a midfield that includes Adam Moffat, Geoff Cameron, and
Je-Vaughn Watson. The group is a combination of
players who can provide different skill sets, including players who can break
up play and go forward. The diverse group provides Kinnear with room to mix and match.  

“I think he’ll be a good addition to the team with a lot of games
coming up,” Kinnear said. “If he brings what we saw in Brazil here, I
think he’ll be a nice addition.”

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