Houston Dynamo bid tough farewell to Adam Moffat, but get able replacement in Servando Carrasco

Kinnear believes Carrasco will "fit in very well for us," but letting Moffat go "wasn't easy"


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The business of sports means that sometimes you have to make a tough decision.

The Dynamo did just that on Friday, moving fan favorite Adam Moffat to the Seattle Sounders for midfielder Servando Carrasco and a second round pick in next year's SuperDraft.

It’s a move that the Dynamo believe can make them competitive in the present with the potential of making them better in the future.

“I’m a big fan of Adam’s and this trade wasn’t easy,” head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “Personally, it was a tough one, but on the other side of things, it’s something we possibly had to do either now or later.”

The move offers Houston salary cap relief while giving them a player that can fill a similar role to Moffat's.

According to sources, Kinnear and club president Chris Canetti met last week to sketch out a plan to help the club in both the short and long-term and part of that plan saw the Dynamo hit the trade market to try and make a move before Friday's roster freeze deadline.

Houston found a partner in Seattle willing to move a slightly younger player – Carrasco, 25, is two years younger than Moffat – that can help now and provides flexibility going forward.

And in Carrasco, who will join the club in Philadelphia ahead of a match with the Union on Saturday, the Dynamo get a player they feel has similar traits to Moffat and can help control the game from the center of midfield.

“He fits a similar role that Adam does,” Kinnear said. “From all accounts I hear he’s a great person on and off the field. From watching him and reports that I got from scouts about him I think he’ll fit in very well for us.”

The cost of bringing Carrasco to Houston, however, was a very popular player. Moffat has been a big part of two straight runs to the MLS Cup final and has endeared himself to fans, his teammates and the coaches alike. With Moffat, the Dynamo had a player that brought a hard-nosed nature to midfield and the ability to produce the unpredictable with a long-range shot.

But Moffat’s contract and a stacked depth chart at holding midfield, which includes Ricardo Clark and Warren Creavalle, opened the door for the move.

“The guys like him, the staff likes him, it’s a tough one,” Kinnear said. “He came by to say bye to everybody this morning and it was a tough one.”

Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo for MLSsocer.com.