The Houston Dynamo had a flurry of activity this week as they get ready for the six game, and maybe more, MLS season. They dealt Tommy McNamara to the New England Revolution for midfielder Wilfried Zahibo and an international roster spot. This in itself is an interesting move, however it may be the next move the team made, acquiring Costa Rican forward Ariel Lassiter on loan with an opportunity for permanency, that is really the most interesting.
With a solid scoring resume behind him (24 goals and 16 assists in 64 games) and MLS experience, Lassiter could be insurance for another move. With Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis still rumored to be on the move, Lassiter gives the organization a goal scorer who could contribute now and in the future. The 25 year old has proven he can find the back of the net. Fans should be excited with this move. A team can never have enough goal scorers, especially those in their prime.
The trade for Zahibo may not be as exciting a move but he is a grinder and adds another piece of competition to the Houston Dynamo midfield.
Together these moves appear to indicate that Houston is working on a bigger picture outlook, which might entail any number of players leaving for new venues and perhaps a big difference maker coming to Houston.
As we discussed here at Dynamo Theory, there could be the possibility of a loan of star forward Rachel Daly to an English club. A loan would allow Daly to continue playing before next April, if the NWSL season does not start up again. Any move of Daly on loan to play soccer is a plus for Dash soccer. Daly is already a beast on and off the pitch. It only took the Challenge Cup to prove that point. Her grittiness and down to earth persona has endeared her to soccer fans around the globe, but Daly is far from content. She has hinted at a loan in order to continue to prove she is one of the world’s elite players and to become even better for the Houston Dash. With the English native up top doing her thing and Jane Campbell between the pipes, the Dash look poised to take the step of becoming a perennial power. One thing is for sure, no one will be overlooking the Houston Dash when the NWSL begins again.
When might the NWSL return? According to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, the league is considering a proposal involving pods across the country.
NWSL plans for Sept-Oct appear to be coming together. Here's the latest proposal:— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 16, 2020
Pod 1: Washington, Sky Blue, Chicago
Pod 2: NC, Orlando, Houston
Pod 3: Utah, Porland, OL Reign
2-3 matchdays per market
We will wait to see what this looks like. We could see an announcement and a schedule released in the coming weeks.