Previous Club: Nashville SC, Major League Soccer
Acquired by: Traded $250,000 General Allocation Money to Nashville SC
Position: Center Midfield
There are many things you could argue that lead to success in Major League Soccer. On page one of any argument, however, should be roster depth. A MLS season is long and includes a lot of travel, across multiple time zones. Between that and injuries and suspensions, you have to have a team deep enough to not miss a beat when starters are out.
The Dynamo were busy on SuperDraft day this year, one of their moves bringing in midfielder Derrick Jones from Nashville SC. Jones also has a history with coach Tab Ramos, the former US youth international played under his old, new coach with the US U-20 side, including at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
“Derrick is a player I know very well,” Ramos said in a press release. “Although he is young, he already has four years of experience in the league and knows what it’s like to be a starter for a playoff team. He has a big career ahead of him and we feel fortunate and excited that it will be here in Houston.”
Jones, 24 years old today, made 18 appearances for Nashville SC last season in their expansion season. He came up in the Philadelphia Union academy before being traded to Nashville in 2019.
What does he bring to the Dynamo?
Jones has been a defensive midfielder in the early part of his career but also spent time in an attacking role for Nashville. With Ramos’ 4-3-3, Jones could theoretically slot in to any of the three midfield positions for the Dynamo.
At only 24, Jones remains a raw talent. He has a lot of talent but hasn’t quite put it all together in MLS. The Dynamo are hoping that Tab can unlock all of Jones potential and turn him in to a solid player for the future.
On this current roster, Jones will be able to fill in at a number of roles. He will likely be the primary backup for Joe Corona at the 8, but could also play at the 6 behind Matias Vera and Darwin Ceren or even play as a 10 behind Memo if Marcelo Palomino isn’t ready to contribute yet.
The Dynamo don’t always make the big, splashy moves (they still don’t have a Designated Player on the roster) but it’s these kind of moves that make a MLS team. Trading for a young player with MLS experience in Jones is a move that good teams make. Yes, the signings of DPs is needed but the Dynamo look to be building in a new way this offseason and Jones is a part of that.
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