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Houston Dynamo sign defender Sam Junqua

The Houston Dynamo have signed left back Sam Junqua, the club announced today. Houston selected Junqua with the eighth overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 11.

Junqua saw action in 68 games with 45 starts during his four-year career at the University of California, Berkeley. The defender tallied three assists with the Golden Bears and earned an All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention in 2018.

As a senior, Junqua was on the field more than any other Cal player, totaling 1,666 minutes played, and recorded nine shots and one assist. Offensively, hs also the Bears’ primary option on corner kicks.

The Saratoga, Calif. native joined the U-18 U.S. Men’s National Team in 2013 and was named to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy West Conference Best XI for the 2012/2013 season.

With the addition of Junqua, the Dynamo now have 25 players under contract for the 2019 season.

TRANSACTION: The Houston Dynamo sign defender Sam Junqua.

PLAYER PROFILE

FULL NAME: Samuel Junqua
PRONUNCIATION: JUNN-kwah
DATE OF BIRTH: November 9, 1996 (22 years old)
HEIGHT: 6’0”
WEIGHT: 170
BIRTHPLACE: Saratoga, Calif.
HOMETOWN: Saratoga, Calif.
PREVIOUS CLUB: University of California
FIFA NATIONALITY: United States

HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYERS CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT

GOALKEEPERS (3)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
1 Tyler Deric GK 10 30 6-3 185 USA
23 Joe Willis GK 8 30 6-5 200 USA
26 Michael Nelson GK 1 23 6-4 180 USA
DEFENDERS (9)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
Alejandro Fuenmayor DF 1 22 6-1 170 Venezuela
3 Adam Lundkvist DF 1 24 5-9 145 Sweden
6 Kiki Struna DF 0 28 6-2 185 Slovenia
7 DaMarcus Beasley DF 10 36 5-8 145 USA
12 Chris Duvall DF 5 27 5-10 165 USA
16 Kevin Garcia DF 2 27 6-0 185 USA
20 A.J. DeLaGarza DF 10 31 5-9 150 Guam
28 Erik McCue DF 0 17 6-3 185 USA/Sweden
  Sam Junqua DF 0 22 6-0 170 USA
MIDFIELDERS (9)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
5 Juan David Cabezas MF 2 26 6-0 175 Colombia
8 Memo Rodriguez MF 2 22 5-8 145 USA
10 Tomás Martínez MF 2 23 5-9 145 Argentina
11 Tommy McNamara MF 5 27 5-9 170 USA
14 Marlon Hairston MF 5 24 6-0 157 USA
22 Matías Vera MF 0 23 5-7 155 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
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