The offseason is in full swing and the Houston Dynamo are already making moves. Earlier today the Dynamo announced that they had traded their 2020 third round MLS SuperDraft pick for right back Chris Duvall of the Montreal Impact. Duvall has previously played with the New York Red Bulls and has experience playing in CONCACAF Champion’s League. Duvall will likely provide depth behind A.J. DeLaGarza which will be necessary due to Houston competing in Champion’s League and the US Open Cup in addition to the 2019 regular season. Duvall posted a video on twitter thanking the fans in Montreal while being optimistic about what to expect in Houston.
Houston has also been linked to Kevin Alvarez of the Honduran side Olimpia who is another right back. The Dynamo have often been linked to Olimpia with Oscar Boniek García, Alberth Elis, and Romell Quioto all being former Olimpia players.
HONDURAN KEVIN ALVAREZ LINKED TO DYNAMO— Glenn Davis (@GlennDavisSoc) December 14, 2018
Kevin Alvarez a right back currently plays for @CDOlimpia in Honduras and has represented Honduras at various international levels. He has one cap with the full national... https://t.co/4wUoEe8PVT
Should the Dynamo sign Alvarez with the addition of Duvall they’ll have depth at arguably their weakest position from a depth prospective. Prior to the discovery of Andrew Wenger’s capability at the fullback spot while DeLaGarza was recovering from an injury, the right side of the field was routinely targeted by opponents. Adolfo Machado and Kevin Garcia both had brief auditions at the position which did not go well and now Andrew Wenger has retired so the need for depth at a place of vulnerability will be welcome. There are still places we need to see reliable depth, specifically in central defense and someone to backup Juan David Cabezas, but this was a safe trade even if it isn’t a jaw dropping one.
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