HOUSTON - OCTOBER 23: Bobby Boswell #32 of the Houston Dynamo celebrates after scoring in the 48th minute against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Robertson Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 3-1. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Well this is going to piss off some Dynamo fans. Just days after protecting Bobby Boswell in the expansion draft, the Dynamo declined his 2012 contract option. They could of course be hoping to re-sign Boswell at a lower wage, but I doubt this is going to sit well with fans after the loss of Brian Ching, who was left exposed in the expansion draft.
It should be noted there could be other players who's contracts were not picked up, the names released this morning just reflect players available for selection in the Re-Entry Draft. You can see the full list of available players here.
The Dynamo cut third-string goalkeeper Evan Newton and midfielder Francisco Navas-Cobo last week.
More reaction later, but for now, how do you feel about the Dynamo protecting Boswell over Ching and then not picking up his contract option?
Important point to remember. Boswell's contract could have a pay bump built in to it that would make his cost to value not worth it for the Dynamo. I fully expect they would like to re-sign him at a lower salary for 2012 but allowing him to go through the Re-Entry Draft is worth the risk since they have depth in the central defense (Hainault, Cameron, Taylor). Don't forget as well that defender Sebastien Ibeagha who is currently at Duke could be signed by the Dynamo through an Academy claim as well.