The Houston Dynamo announced today that they have re-signed defender A. J. DeLaGarza which should help them through the latter part of the season. DeLaGarza tore his ACL in the final game of the regular season in the Dynamo’s 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire in a game in which he was wearing the Captain’s armband for the first time in Orange. The injury should keep DeLaGarza sidelined for a large portion of the season, but his experience, leadership, and skills will be a big help for the Dynamo for the last part of the year.
DeLaGarza had a bit of fun on twitter as he thanked everyone for welcoming him and his family to H-Town in an apparent goodbye tweet before saying let’s do it again in 2018.
Just want to say thank you to my teammates, coaches, staff members, and especially the fans of the @HoustonDynamo for welcoming my family to H-Town last season. This team did something not many thought was possible. Hope we made it enjoyable... pic.twitter.com/lR6uQOKCwH— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) January 9, 2018
The Dynamo still have other areas of the roster to fill out. The RB position, until AJ is healthy, needs to be filled. Jalil Anibaba was the immediate replacement during the playoffs which the Seattle Sounders routinely exploited in the Western Conference Finals. Kevin Garcia is also an option, but he’s still very raw and needs some time to develop. The Front Office has also shown interest in Venezuelan center back Alejandro Fuenmayor, but as the report showed the process is not far along.
One player not returning to the Dynamo will be Alex Lima who signed a contract with South Korean side Suwon FC. Alex has always had a role as a versatile midfielder (and occasionally left back), but this season he played some of the best soccer of his career as his accurate passing helped lead the team in assists.
So what other positions should the Dynamo brass shore up? What other free agents should the Dynamo consider? Let us know in the comments below.