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Dynamo announce roster moves ahead of 2019 season

The Houston Dynamo have announced a number of roster moves as the club begins preparations for the 2019 season.

The club picked up contract options on 10 players for the 2019 season: MF Eric Bird, MF Juan David Cabezas, DF A.J. DeLaGarza, MF Boniek García, DF Kevin Garcia, DF Adam Lundkvist, GK Michael Nelson, FW Romell Quioto, MF Memo Rodriguez and GK Joe Willis.

The club declined contract options on six players: DF Conor Donovan, DF Leonardo, DF Adolfo Machado, DF Dylan Remick, DF Jared Watts and FW Mac Steeves.

Four players’ contracts expired following the conclusion of the 2018 season: MF Arturo Alvarez, DF DaMarcus Beasley, DF Philippe Senderos and DF Andrew Wenger.

Finally, the loan for MF Luis Gil (Querétaro FC, Mexico) is set to expire on December 31.

“We’d like to thank our group for their hard work and commitment this season, which resulted in winning the U.S. Open Cup, our club’s third championship,” said Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “We have a strong core returning and are currently in discussions with several players from last year’s roster while continually looking to strengthen the team in preparation for the 2019 season.”

Including the players already under contract and those whose contract options were picked up, the Dynamo currently have 20 players under contract.

HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYERS CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT

GOALKEEPERS (4)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
1 Tyler Deric GK 10 30 6-3 185 USA
18 Chris Seitz GK 11 31 6-3 236 USA
23 Joe Willis GK 8 30 6-5 200 USA
26 Michael Nelson GK 1 23 6-4 180 USA
DEFENDERS (5)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
Alejandro Fuenmayor DF 1 22 6-1 170 Venezuela
14 Adam Lundkvist DF 1 24 5-9 145 Sweden
16 Kevin Garcia DF 2 27 6-0 185 USA
20 A.J. DeLaGarza DF 10 31 5-9 150 Guam
  Erik McCue DF 0 17 6-3 185 USA/Sweden
MIDFIELDERS (7)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
5 Juan David Cabezas MF 2 26 6-0 175 Colombia
6 Eric Alexander MF 11 30 6-1 165 USA
8 Memo Rodriguez MF 2 22 5-8 145 USA
10 Tomás Martínez MF 2 23 5-9 145 Argentina
24 Darwin Cerén MF 5 28 5-10 165 El Salvador
25 Eric Bird MF 2 25 5-9 175 USA
27 Boniek García MF 7 34 5-9 150 Honduras
FORWARDS (4)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
9 Mauro Manotas FW 4 23 6-0 155 Colombia
17 Alberth Elis FW 2 22 6-0 165 Honduras
21 Ronaldo Peña FW 1 21 6-1 175 Venezuela
31 Romell Quioto FW 2 27 5-11 170 Honduras

TRANSACTIONS: The Houston Dynamo picked up 2019 contract options on MF Eric Bird, MF Juan David Cabezas, DF A.J. DeLaGarza, MF Boniek García, DF Kevin Garcia, DF Adam Lundkvist, GK Michael Nelson, FW Romell Quioto, MF Memo Rodriguez and GK Joe Willis. The club declined 2019 contract options on DF Conor Donovan, DF Leonardo, DF Adolfo Machado, DF Dylan Remick, DF Jared Watts and FW Mac Steeves.

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