The Dynamo have made a splash in the offseason by adding Colombian attacker Darwin Quintero who was introduced Wednesday afternoon at BBVA Stadium.
Quintero was acquired in a trade from Minnesota United on Nov. 13, as he had a solid run with the Loons scoring 21 goals, with 20 assists in 57 league appearances across two seasons after falling out of favor there the 32-year-old will look to bring the excitement and production to Houston.
“Honestly, there were plenty of options on the table, but as I told Minnesota, my priority was to go to Houston” Quintero said. “Having that backing from the coaches and the staff, and the fans, that always catches my eye. Being able to be somewhere they want you, how they demonstrated me.”
The Colombian International looks to fit right in the offensive attack as he already known to control the open space while finding the net. Though he hasn’t met any of his teammates he already has chemistry on the team with former teammate Christian Ramirez, as they were teammates in Minnesota back in 2018. Ramirez, was also traded to Houston back in August helped recruit Quintero showing him the potential of bringing success back to Houston.
“What you can expect from me is my hard work dedicated to you. “This is a team’s job, and the team will do what it has to, to bring you happiness. I’m hopeful we can make great things happen together.”
Christian Ramirez wasn’t the only one who helped bring Quintero to Houston, newly introduced Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos had a lot of pull as well. Upon descending to the Dynamo, Ramos hit the ground running with writing down a list of names to general manager Matt Jordan to pursue, and upon those names at the top of the list was Darwin Quintero which made the decision to accept the trade that much easier.
“We know he’s a proven player in terms of making plays in the attacking third of the field” Ramos said. “It’’s very difficult to find players with those qualities, although sometimes its easier to find players who organizationally can play in certain positions and keep possession of the ball. It’s always difficult to find players that make plays.”
Quintero will dawn No. 23 as it is still unknown how he will play into the Houston offensive attack. Both Ramos and Jordan are not done making moves, with the Dynamo roster still taking shape. Jordan is optimistic about what is to come as a bunch of questions still loom about the Dynamo stars as more roster moves are to come.