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2014 Roster Continues to Take Shape: Barnes, Boniek to Return

The Dynamo will be returning many familiar faces to the 2014 squad, but there are still some holes that need to be filled. We have some more news on who will be in and who's still on the bubble, so read on.

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There's still more than three months to go before the 2014 MLS season starts for the Houston Dynamo, but the front office is already working on securing the core of next year's roster. Some of the changes are known, of course: the retirement of Brian Ching, the signing of young Honduran Designated Player Alex Lopez, the trade of Adam Moffat for Servando Carrasco, and the affiliation with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds are part of a gradual movement to a younger core.

Today, we were provided with a few more tidbits of information. It has been confirmed that Boniek Garcia and Giles Barnes will be a part of that 2014 core, which is something that all Dynamo supporters will be glad to hear. Two older players who have uncertain futures in orange are Calen Carr and Bobby Boswell, both of whom are out of contract at the end of the year.

Carr, of course, has been sidelined much of this year with various injury issues stemming from his left knee injury in the 2012 MLS Cup. He's made various attempts to return this season, yet has suffered numerous setbacks - one of several injuries to strikers that forced Dom Kinnear to play a midfielder, Barnes, up front for most of the 2013 season. Boswell, a former MLS Defender of the Year, found himself the victim of the decline that all players on the back end of their career suffer. The defense was continuously plagued by miscues, and more often than not, it seemed that Boswell was the culprit. This is not to say that he had a bad year, but merely that he is (like everyone else) aging.

Carr's salary is about $95000, while Boswell's $220000 is the fourth-highest on the roster. Will either player be back in orange next year? Only time will tell. Do you want to see them in orange next year? That can be debated until their fates are decided.