It seems like just yesterday the Dynamo played for the MLS Cup in Los Angeles, in fact it was only 66 days ago, but time waits for no one and the new season must get underway. Yesterday at the team's training facilities, the Dynamo did just that, kicking off the 2012 season with the opening of pre-season camp.
It's the first Dynamo camp that doesn't include Brian Ching and Eddie Robinson and it's another reminder of the evolving face of the roster. Everyone was on deck for training except Geoff Cameron and Kofi Sarkodie, both of whom are away on national team duty. Here's the current active roster going in to camp:
Forwards: Will Bruin, Calen Carr, Colin Rolfe, Cam Weaver
Midfielders: Luiz Camargo, Colin Clark, Brad Davis, Alex Dixon, Adam Moffat, Josue Soto, Nathan Sturgis, Je-Vaughn Watson.
Defenders: Corey Ashe, Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Andre Hainault, Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor
Goalkeepers: Tyler Deric, Tally Hall
The rest of the Dynamo draft picks are in camp, but not under contract, so they aren't on the official roster. In addition, there were a couple trialist but I've been unable to get any names associated with those gentlemen. Chris Canetti did say the club will be releasing more information about them in the coming days, so we'll just have to be patient.
Brad Davis spoke with HoustonDynamo.com about the opening of camp:
Not a ton of information yet, but excitement is in the air, optimism is high, and we're inching ever closer to the season opener...and more importantly, the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium in May.