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Dynamo Announce Roster Moves Ahead of 2020 Season

November 21, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Houston Dynamo News Release

HOUSTON - The Houston Dynamo have announced a number of roster moves as the club begins preparations for the 2020 season.

The club picked up contract options on nine players for the 2019 season: DF Alejandro Fuenmayor, MF Nico Hansen, DF Sam Junqua, MF Tomás Martínez, FW Tommy McNamara, GK Michael Nelson, FW Christian Ramirez, MF Memo Rodriguez and FW Michael Salazar.

The club declined contract options on three players: MF Eric Bird, MF Juan David Cabezas and GK Tyler Deric. Four players' contracts expired following the conclusion of the 2019 season: MF Darwin Cerén, DF A.J. DeLaGarza, DF Maynor Figueroa and DF Kevin Garcia. For a number of these players, conversations with the club about returning in 2020 are ongoing.

"We want to thank each of these players for their hard work and service to the club," said Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. "Making these decisions at the conclusion of every year is always difficult, but we're confident that we have a strong core of players returning along with our recent acquisitions that will position us for success in 2020."

Including the players already under contract and those whose contract options were picked up, the Dynamo currently have 21 players under contract.

HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYERS CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT (21) GOALKEEPERS (1)

No. Player Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality

26 Michael Nelson GK 2 23 6-4 180 USA

DEFENDERS (8)

No. Player Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality

2 Alejandro Fuenmayor DF 2 22 6-1 170 Venezuela

6 Kiki Struna DF 1 29 6-2 185 Slovenia

14 Adam Lundkvist DF 2 24 5-9 145 Sweden

18 Jose Bizama DF 1 26 5-11 165 Chile

28 Erik McCue DF 1 18 6-3 185 USA/Sweden

29 Sam Junqua DF 1 23 6-0 175 USA

Victor Cabrera DF 5 26 6-0 165 Argentina

Zarek Valentin DF 7 28 5-11 156 USA

MIDFIELDERS (6)

No. Player Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality

8 Memo Rodriguez MF 2 23 5-8 145 USA

10 Tomás Martínez MF 2 23 5-9 145 Argentina

11 Tommy McNamara MF 4 28 5-9 170 USA

12 Niko Hansen MF 3 22 5-10 170 USA

22 Matias Vera MF 1 24 5-8 150 Argentina

27 Boniek García MF 8 34 5-9 150 Honduras

FORWARDS (6) No. Player Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality

9 Mauro Manotas FW 5 23 6-0 155 Colombia

13 Christian Ramirez FW 4 28 6-1 187 USA

17 Alberth Elis FW 3 22 6-0 165 Honduras

19 Michael Salazar FW 4 27 5-11 165 Belize

21 Ronaldo Peña FW 2 21 6-1 175 Venezuela

23 Darwin Quintero FW 2 32 5-5 142 Colombia


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