The Houston Dynamo announced earlier this morning the signing of Houston Dynamo Academy player Jose "Memo" Rodriguez. The central midfielder is the sixth homegrown player signing for the Dynamo and the first official signing with new Vice-President/General Manager Matt Jordan.
Rodriguez has reportedly trained with the Dynamo first team over the last four months and has appeared in five MLS Reserve League games in 2013earning the starting nod in three of those appearances. Also, according to Dynamo reporter Darrell Lovell, Rodriguez has also spent time in the gym with Corey Ashe, Will Bruin, and Andrew Driver to improve his strength and has received advice from Dynamo 1st team central midfielders Ricardo Clark and Luis Garrido on improving himself.
The five other homegrown players include current Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric as well as Bryan Salazar, Alex Dixon, Francisco Navas Coba, and Josue Soto. How Memo Rodriguez fits into the Dynamo isn't certain yet, but he has been given a chance to earn time professionally. His attitude is the right one as he seems grateful, intelligent about how he improves himself, and has developed well so far through the Academy. One thing to note is that the Dynamo organization are taking this signing seriously and want to see more player development which likely means earning playing time.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Lots of talk about how to avoid past mistakes by previous HG players. Key seems to be getting games. Where those come in '15 is not known</p>— Darrell Lovell (@DarrellLovell) <a href="https://twitter.com/DarrellLovell/status/540546307299868672">December 4, 2014</a></blockquote>
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