The Houston Dynamo made it official and have last year's club MVP Ricardo Clark, midseason acquisition Sheanon Williams, and Honduran National Team member Oscar Boniek Garcia under new contracts. All three had hinted at returning to the Dynamo with Ricardo Clark even tweeting out that he would be returning.
Clark, a longtime Dynamo player, was eligible to test free agency in Major League Soccer's inaugural free agency year, but he opted to re-sign with his club following a career year. Rico was used in a variety of roles last season including his traditional central defensive midfield role - accompanied by 2 others earlier in the season, and a central attacking midfielder which he used to help double his regular season goal scoring record.
Williams came to Houston in a trade with the Philadelphia Union which sent allocation funds and future considerations to the Union and Williams and an international slot to Houston. Williams played both right back and left back in his short time with the club, but he solidified a starting job from the moment he landed in Houston. He was tasked with filling in at right back the day before our clash with the LA Galaxy due to Kofi Sarkodie's ejection in the previous game. The former Union defender showed his ability to adapt to the Dynamo quickly, but with a full offseason ahead it will be exciting to see Williams completely in sync with the rest of the defensive line and those ahead of him.
Oscar Boniek Gacia was eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Draft after the Dynamo declined his option, but he had come to an agreement with the Dynamo prior to the 1st stage of the Re-Entry Draft. Boniek saw a reduced role in 2015 as his creativity and speed appeared less sharp than in previous seasons. Boniek still saw time in a variety of positions in central midfield, on the wings, and even as a forward (in preseason) and at right back. Boniek won't be used in the same capacity in 2016 as Clark or Williams, but could provide a valuable boost off the bench.
The Dynamo continue to make moves and while these seem less radical than our acquisition of forward/winger Andrew Wenger and attacking midfielder Cristian Maidana they are nevertheless important. Clark showed no signs of his age impacting his performance and had one of the most productive seasons of his career while Williams helped shore up the defense. Boniek adds plenty of dynamic to the club and supplies plenty of depth to the club. The Dynamo offseason isn't over so buckle in!