Stage 2 of Major League Soccer’s Re-Entry Draft takes place tomorrow afternoon and the Dynamo hold the second pick. Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft gives teams the chance at taking an experienced MLS player who has not signed with their previous club but is looking to stay in the league. If a team drafts a player, they have seven days to offer them a genuine offer.
The Dynamo last made a selection in the Re-Entry Draft in 2018, taking Tommy McNamara from New York City FC. With the team looking to rebound from a disappointing 2020 season, the Dynamo could use quality, proven MLS players on their roster in 2021. So, who might they take? Let’s take a look at five possible options. Here is the full list of available players, let us know who you’d take in the comments below.
Agudelo is a name American soccer fans are familiar with. The Colombian-born striker played for New York Red Bulls, Chivas USA, and New England Revolution before moving to Europe in 2014. An unsuccessful stint overseas saw Agudelo return to MLS and New England in 2015. The 28 year old was selected in last year’s Re-Entry Draft by Toronto but ended up spending the 2020 season with Inter Miami after not reaching an agreement with the Canadian club. Agudelo has 28 caps and 3 goals for the US Men’s National Team, and also was on the winning 2017 Gold Cup team. With Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis off to new teams, Houston could use a goal scorer, and Agudelo could be that.
Amarilla joined Minnesota United last season and boldly claimed he would score 25 goals for the Loons. The Paraguyan scored in each of his first two games for Minnesota before cooling off and eventually having his season ended by ankle surgery. If Amarilla is healthy again, he could be a younger offensive option than Agudelo.
The 24 year old defensive midfielder was called up to the U.S. U-20 National Team under head coach Tab Ramos in January 2014. Felipe is still young and reuniting with Ramos could unlock some of his potential that remains. With Darwin Ceren and Matias Vera on the roster, Felipe could add some depth to the midfield while also providing a young player who could be useful in the future.
Garza, a native Texan, will turn 30 this season. After spending the early part of his career in LigaMX, Garza joined MLS in 2018 and won MLS Cup with Atlanta United. After two years with FC Cincinnati, the left back is now available again. Adam Lundkvist and Sam Junqua are the current left backs on the roster. Ramos seemed to like Junqua as the 2020 season so he may not see the position as a need. If he does, however, Garza can provide quality depth and experience on the back line that struggled mightily.
Najar is Honduran, that should be enough, right? The soon-to-be 28 year old broke in to MLS back in 2010, winning Rookie of the Year with DC United. Najar spent six seasons in Belgium with Anderlect, before coming back to MLS in June of this year. Najar made just 8 apperances for LAFC and is now looking for a new home. With the Dynamo’s fondness for Hondruans and Najar’s ability to play both right back and right wing, Najar could be a solid option to add to the roster.