There is a new defender in town and his name is Jared Watts. On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo announced a trade with the Colorado Rapids for Jared Watts. The Dynamo gave the Rapids $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money for the defender.
Since being drafted in 2014 by the Rapids, Watts has played in 71 games, 61 of which were starts. While primarily a central defender Watts has experience playing as a defensive midfielder. Watts has scored one goal and three assists in MLS.
“Jared was a big part of Colorado’s success during the 2016 season did a good job as a defender for them. I worked with him when he was the captain of the U.S. U-17 national team during the 2009 FIFA World Cup, and at the residency program for two years, so I have known him for a long time,” Wilmer Cabrera said in the team release about the trade. “He will be a solid defender for this team, or even a midfielder if we need him there because he can play in different positions, and he brings a lot of experience to the team, so we are happy to have him.”
The Dynamo now have 27 players on the active roster with Watts bringing their defender total to 10.