The Houston Dynamo have exercised their right to offer a contract to academy product Josue Soto under the league's newly expanded "home grown" player rules. The 5-8, 180lb midfielder joined the Dynamo Academy in 2007 after high school at Prepa Tec in Monterrey, Mexico.
Soto played for Campbell College in 2007 and 2008, earning First Team All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors both seasons. He transferred to SMU in 2009 and was named a Second Team All-Conference USA pick and an All-Midwest Region Team selection in 2010.
Because Soto was a part of the Dynamo academy system, the team had the right under MLS rules to offer Soto a contract as a home grown player. Soto, if he agrees to he contract, will not be part of the SuperDraft on Thursday and would not count against the team's salary cap.
The Dynamo have informed the league of their desire to sign Soto and now the league will make a formal contract proposal.
UPDATE: Ives Galarcep is reporting that MLS mixed up and shouldn't of had Josue Soto at the Combine because the Dynamo had already filed paperwork to sign him. No harm, no foul I suppose.