This offseason has been a busy one to say the least. Houston Dynamo General Manager Matt Jordan has certainly been wheeling and dealing and making changes to the roster. With some of the team’s moves, there has been losses especially at the goalkeeper position.
After five up and down seasons in Houston, Joe Willis was traded to the expansion Nashville SC franchise. Tyler Deric may go down as the Dynamo’s greatest academy player ever and had spent his entire professional career since 2009 with the organization, however the team finally declined his option making him a free agent. Deric could still find his back to the team just like after the 2017 season but that is yet to be seen.
Currently the only GK on the roster is Michael Nelson, who is also from the Houston area and played in 8 games last season for RGV FC and started in a US Open Cup game for the Dynamo. Though the team seems to be high on Nelson, it is obvious the team still needs to add more goalkeeping depth and likely a starter to replace the Willis-Deric duo and they may have found him.
Sources tell me @HoustonDynamo are pursuing @saintmirrenfc GK Vaclav Hladky. @BBCSport and @Record_Sport confirm interest for the 29-year-old former youth Czech international. Both report the Dynamo are prepared to spend up to £300,000 for him.— Lester Grötsch (@LesterDeportes) December 14, 2019
Vaclav Hladky is a 29 year old Czech goalkeeper who spent 2019 playing for St Mirren FC of the Scottish Premiership. Before that, he spent the previous seven years playing in the Czech Republic amassing 73 appearances.
Hladky is signed with St Mirren till June 2020 so it will take a transfer to acquire his services. According to Will Forbes of Transfer MLS, St Mirren has already turned down a 200,000 pound offer so we will see whether the potential 300,000 pound offer will be good enough to get him.