The Houston Dynamo have acquired English midfielder Andrew Driver on loan from Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian F.C., it was announced today. The signing is pending the receipt of Driver’s P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
Driver, 25, made 168 appearances and scored 19 goals in seven seasons with Hearts. The Oldham, England native made 28 appearances for the Jambos this season, including two in the Europa League, tallying two goals and an assist. The 5-foot-9 winger signed with the senior club in 2003 from the Hearts Academy.
“Andrew is good at taking people on, he crosses a good ball and can take set pieces,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “He is a hard-working player and I think he will definitely fit in with the team. He has a good attitude on the field and is versatile. He can play on the left or right side of midfield.”
Driver moved to Edinburgh, Scotland at age 11 and joined the Hearts Academy. He played with the English U21 national team at the 2009 European Championships and is now eligible to play for the Scottish national team. Alongside Giles Barnes, Driver becomes the second player from the UK to join the club in the past year. Barnes signed with the Dynamo on August 29, 2012 after playing at Doncaster.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to come and play for the Dynamo,” Driver said. “I have followed MLS over the years and Houston has stood out as one of the top teams. I know a lot of success has been because of the work of Dominic Kinnear, so I am delighted to have the chance to learn from him and improve as a player under him.”
Driver is known as a wide player versatile enough to play on the left or right side of the field. He adds depth to a midfield that includes Brad Davis, Boniek Garcia, Ricardo Clark, Adam Moffat, Luiz Camargo and Barnes.
“It’s always exciting to add a young international player with talent and experience,” said Dynamo President Chris Canetti. “Andrew will add valuable depth to the squad at a time when we are set to face a heavy load of games between MLS and Champions League."
The Dynamo open the 2013 season on Saturday, March 2 when they host D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship. Tickets are on sale for the first 5 games at www.houstondynamo.com/tickets. Dynamo full-season ticket packages start at $400 and include 20 home games. To purchase your package or for more information on 2013 season tickets, call (713) 276-GOAL.
Full Name: Andrew Driver
Height: 5’10” Weight: 175 lbs.
Date of Birth: November 20, 1987
Birthplace: Saddleworth, Oldham, England
Last Club: Heart of Midlothian F.C. (Scotland)
How Acquired: Acquired on loan