FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 15: Nathan Sturgis #11 of the Toronto FC keeps the ball away from Shalrie Joseph #21 of the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images)
The Dynamo have acquired 24-year old midfielder Nathan Sturgis from Toronto FC in exchange for a conditional 2014 MLS SuperDraft pick.
Sturgis hasn't fit in to Aron Winter's plans in Toronto and he has an extremely reasonable salary which shouldn't hurt the Dynamo's cap space too much. Sturgis isn't flashy, hell, he's downright average, but he's a player that can provide depth and minutes and every team needs players just like that. More importantly, Dominic Kinnear has a knack for getting a lot out of guys you might not expect as much from. This deal is right up his alley and just remember what we all learned in 2011...In Dom We Trust.
Houston is Sturgis' fifth stop since joining MLS in 2006 with the Galaxy. He's spent time with Real Salt Lake and Seattle as well.
The press release from the team is after the jump.
Dynamo acquire midfielder Nathan Sturgis
Houston sends conditional draft pick to Toronto FC
HOUSTON, TX (Thursday, December 29, 2011) - The Houston Dynamo have acquired midfielder Nathan Sturgis from Toronto FC in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, it was announced today.
Sturgis, 24, played 14 games for Toronto FC in 2011. The versatile midfielder is entering his seventh season in the league after being drafted by the LA Galaxy with the 12th overall pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft.
"He is a smart, versatile player," said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. "He can play a number of positions and is very skillful on the ball. I think he will be a big help for us this year."
The Florida native started 27 games for the Galaxy before being traded to Real Salt Lake in 2007. After playing eight games for Salt Lake, the Seattle Sounders selected Sturgis with their second pick in 2008 Expansion Draft. He played in 29 games over two seasons for Seattle and tallied one goal and two assists. Sturgis also has international experience, having made 40 overall appearances for the U.S. U-20 national team including appearances at the 2005 and 2007 FIFA World Youth Championships.