The Houston Dynamo announced last week that they had signed Argentine midfielder Matías Vera on a full transfer from club San Lorenzo utilizing Target Allocation Money. Vera will officially become a Dynamo following the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, P-1 Visa, and a medical.
Vera comes with over 100 appearances in Argentina and Chile.— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) December 21, 2018
"He is a natural ball winner in the midfield who is also young and a very talented distributor of the ball in the middle of the field." –Wilmer Cabrera #ForeverOrange pic.twitter.com/dXEx1RcTgv
The signing provides us with more depth, but at a position we desperately needed depth at this past season. Matías Vera provides cover as a defensive midfielder and could compete to play alongside Juan David Cabezas. Last season the Dynamo struggled without Cabezas on the field and losing the 2017 team MVP really hurt our ability to quickly distribute from the back and defend when the opponents were on the ball. Vera appears to be an excellent ball winner defensively and he likes to play long passes from a deep lying position which is something Alberth Elis will be pleased about.
This is a player that Matt Jordan has tracked for some time and he should be able to fit in well either as a direct replacement for Cabezas or as a complement alongside him. The Dynamo organization has been active this offseason as they’ve brought in Tommy McNamara from the MLS Re-Entry Draft, traded for defender Chris Duvall, and signed homegrown product Erik McCue. These have been signings in key areas the Dynamo needed help in last season which shows the organization is aware of where it needed help. What do you think of the signing? Let us know in the comments below.