Early Tuesday morning, Ricardo Clark let slip the news that he had already agreed to a contract with the Houston Dynamo ahead of the 2016 season:
The news comes just a day after the Dynamo landed Philadelphia Union players Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger in a hectic opening to the free agency period across the league.
That Rico will be staying in Houston is great news for Dynamo fans, who nervously anticipated the midfielder to try his hand on the free agency market. It also brings Clark home after a career season that saw him set a personal milestone with 8 goals and an assist. Though the Dynamo didn't see the post-season, it is in large part due to Clark's precision that Houston ever stood a chance on the final day of the season.
Clark will enter his 9th season as a Dynamo midfielder, attached to the club since their 2005 season in San Jose and the subsequent move to Houston. In recent years, he has transitioned into an assertive attacking midfielder for the Orange, posting career-highs in goals, shots, and shots-on-goal in 2015. His defensive ability in the middle of the field - and vision to quickly pivot into the attack - is an important trait to retain as the Dynamo front office look to bolster an offense that relied very heavily on Will Bruin.
The re-signing would signal more changes coming as the midfield continues to become crowded. Rumors have put Brad Davis landing in Kansas City over the offseason and Boniek Garcia looks to be sent through the re-entry draft, freeing up a bit of room (and salary cap).
The first stage of the re-entry draft takes place on Friday, December 11th at 2:00PM CT. At that time, teams not signed or traded by their releasing clubs will be eligible to be selected by another club at their current salary.
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