The offseason continues to move along for the Houston Dynamo as they made another signing to bolster their roster as they hope to put last season behind them while looking ahead to 2017. Forward Alberth Elis joins Houston on a 12 month loan from Liga MX club Monterrey with an option to purchase the forward’s rights at the conclusion of the loan.
Elis began his professional career with C.D. Olimpia in Honduras, the same club to produce Dynamo players Oscar Boniek Garcia and Jose Escalante. The Dynamo front office is very excited as both General Manager Matt Jordan and Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera have followed his CONCACAF appearances and his club performances closely.
While Elis is hardly a household name yet, especially in the United States, he brings plenty to the table with a lot of room to grow. Cabrera noted that he’s a versatile forward that can play left, right, or in central positions in the offense and has plenty of pace. With a new coach, it’s difficult to project how much playing time any player will get before preseason hits, but Elis will have to compete with forwards Mauro Manotas, Will Bruin, Andrew Wenger, and possibly Erick “Cubo” Torres (who has played under Cabrera at Chivas USA). The Dynamo still have work to do, but have made it clear that they’re ready to make changes.
A List of offseason transactions thus far for Houston includes:
- Selecting Dylan Remick from the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Re-Entry Draft
- Sheanon Williams sent to Vancouver for General Allocation Money
- Rob Lovejoy Retiring
- Collen Warner selected by Minnesota in the Expansion Draft
- Options picked up for Eric Alexander, Calle Brown, Kevin Garcia, Alex Lima, and Joe Willis
- Declining contract options for Sebastien Ibeagha, Cristian Maidana, Raul Rodriguez, and Zach Steinberger