Dynamo acquire Servando Carrasco, SuperDraft pick for Adam Moffat

Bob Levey

It was rather unexpected, but earlier today, the Houston Dynamo brought the era of the beard to a close, as midfielder Adam Moffat was shipped to the Seattle Sounders in exchange for Servando Carrasco and a second round pick in next year's draft. It's tough to see a fan favorite go, but that is the way of the sport.

Right. So the deal is done, the bearded Scotsman is gone, and we've all had a bit of a chance to let it sink in. Here, via Houston Dynamo press release, is the full lowdown on the trade:

Dynamo acquire midfielder Servando Carrasco, 2014 MLS SuperDraft selection from Seattle Sounders FC

HOUSTON, TX (Friday, September 13, 2013) -- The Houston Dynamo have acquired midfielder Servando Carrasco and a natural second-round draft pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for Adam Moffat, it was announced today.

Carrasco, 25, made 13 starts in 19 games played with Seattle in 2013, scoring one goal and adding one assist. The San Diego native also had a notable college career with the University of California, where he was a two-time Second Team All-PAC10 selection and a First Team All-PAC 10 honoree as a senior. Carrasco will be available for selection on Saturday when the Dynamo take on the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

"Servando is a smart player who's versatile and good on the ball", said Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear. "We also think he is a good player in MLS who can really help us endure a busy schedule. With the games we've seen him play for Seattle, he can play central or he can play wide. This is a difficult move because we know how popular Adam is, not only with the fans, but also with the coaching staff."

A tenacious midfielder who joined Houston via trade from Portland in July 2011, Moffat played an important role in helping the Dynamo reach consecutive MLS Cup finals in 2011 and 2012. This season, Moffat has scored three goals and one assist, with two of those tallies coming in the first multi-goal game of his career at New England on July 13.

The Houston Dynamo return to BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, September 21 to take on Chivas USA at BBVA Compass Stadium (kickoff: 7:30 p.m.), in a game presented by Novo Nordisk. Tickets for this and all remaining home games are now on sale, and can be purchased at HoustonDynamo.com, by calling (713) 276-GOAL, and at the BBVA Compass Stadium box office from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SERVANDO CARRASCO

Pronunciation: sir-VAWN-dough cuh-ROSS-coh
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5'10" Weight: 170 lbs.
Date of Birth: August 13, 1988
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Citizenship(s): USA and Mexico
Last Club:Seattle Sounders FC
How Acquired: Acquired via trade in exchange for Adam Moffat.

I'll admit, I have not gotten a chance to watch Carrasco play, and so I don't think I'll pass judgment on the value of this trade just yet. But I think we all recognized that change was coming. This might not have been the change we foresaw, but I have the feeling it's the first of several moves we'll see over the next few months.

I wish Moffat the best of luck in Seattle, and hope that Carrasco is up to filling his shoes. The bearded Scotsman was a fan favorite here, and like it or not, his and Carrasco's names will now be linked in the mind of Dynamo fans. I, for one, am anxious to see what Carrasco can bring to the Dynamo.

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