Houston Adds An All-Around Talent In Eric Bird
The Houston Dynamo announced yesterday they’ve signed former RGVFC Toros midfielder Eric Bird to a first team contract. Over his two seasons with the Dynamo’s hybrid affiliate, he scored ten goals and tallied four assists.
Bird, a 2015 SuperDraft pick by the Philadelphia Union, is a very skilled player, but the main talent he’s bringing to Houston is versatility in the midfield. During the Toros inaugural season in 2016, Bird featured both as a starter and a super substitute, primarily in an attacking midfield role. He was able to net some very important goals in the second half for a club that finished 2nd in the USL’s Western Conference.
2017, a down year for the Toros, was still a strong season for Bird. He served as a captain for much of the season and was a steady presence during a year where they were scarce. This time around, he still spent time as an offensive-minded midfielder, but he also saw time as a holding midfielder. He also had an opportunity to play with Houston during the US Open Cup. His skill-set is probably suited for more an eight or even rarely a number ten, he can absolutely spell Juan David Cabezas as the six.
Bird will be able to provide depth and versatility to the 2018 Dynamo midfield. He has quality at both defensive and attacking positions and also has had success coming off the bench.
While Bird is a great player, his best attribute may be his flowing locks. He’ll arguably become the Dynamo’s Hair MVP immediately upon arrival. Check out an interview I did with Eric, a.k.a. Birdman, after the 2016 season HERE, where he discusses his versatility, hair, and more.