It’s been a relatively slow week on the Houston professioanl soccer front with the Christmas holidays fast approaching. Having said that the Houston Dynamo did make news with the re-signing of three key figures announced today (Friday Dec 20, 2019). They have re-signed the ageless one Boniek Garcia, midfielder Darwin Ceren & defender Maynor Figueroa.
These three are key to Houston moving upward in the table for the 2020 campaign. Many of you probably remember when Boniek first signed with the club nine seasons ago, He has been one of Matt Jordan’s best signings to date. For as much as players like Tomas Martinez, Matias Vera, and Juan David Cabezas get all the ink, it is Boniek who is the heart of the midfield at the tender age of 34. One would think he is on the downhill however he showed strong in 2019.
We are about to find out if Ceren will become the player many of us are still waiting to see. Entering his third season in Orange, Ceren is a defensive mid who needs to incorporate more consistency into his game. His performance is key to the Dynamo attack and this writer would like to see him step up his passing game. His control in the defensive third will be tantamount to how the backline performs.
This was another huge re-sign for the Dynamo. Defense wins championships and Figueroa was a pretty strong backbone for an FC Dallas Squad that won the US Open Cup and a Supporters Shield in his three seasons prior to arriving in Houston last January. In 2019, the Honduran international teamed up with Dynamo Defensive POY Kiki Struna to form a cohesive center of the defense. Adept at passing and transitioning from defense to offense, Figueroa played well enough to keep Alejandro Fuenmayor on the sidelines. At 37, he brings experience and wisdom and maybe just maybe a championship to Houston.
If you thought the Houston Dynamo have a had a quiet week or so leading into Christmas, the Houston Dash have been quieter then a sleeping mouse in the house waiting on Santa Claus.
The only real activity to report this week was the waiving of Ariana Calderon. The Mexican-American forward saw limited time on the pitch following her arrival on May 28, 2019. She did not figure into the Dash plans going forward.