The Houston Dynamo continued their busy offseason on Wednesday, this time improving their central midfield depth with the acquisition of former Toronto FC midfielder Collen Warner in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft.
Warner, a native of Denver, Colorado, was drafted with the 15th pick of the first round by Real Salt Lake in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. After appearing in 13 matches for RSL, plus 34 minutes of a playoff game, he was selected by the Montreal Impact in their 2011 Expansion Draft. He played two full seasons for the Impact, 2012 and 2013, before departing for Toronto mid-2014. Warner played in 20 games for the remainder of that season, starting 19, before appearing in 29 matches last season.
All throughout those years, he only managed to score three goals, though two came in 2015. Warner has tallied 10 assists in his regular season career, 100 shots, and 103 games started. He is fairly versatile for his position, so the Dynamo will be able to play him in multiple positions. The University of Portland product generally likes to sit back on defense, although he will push forward occasionally.
This move comes just days after Houston waived Rasheed Olabiyi, the center midfielder acquired during the 2015 season. Clearly, Owen Coyle and the front office weren't impressed with Olabiyi's production and had a replacement in mind when they let him go. Warner looks to be an upgrade from Nigerian-international.
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