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Houston Dynamo FC Acquires MF Derrick Jones from Nashville SC and Swaps First Round Draft Picks with Colorado Rapids

January 21, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Houston Dynamo News Release


HOUSTON - Houston Dynamo FC has acquired midfielder Derrick Jones from Nashville SC in a trade for $100,000 in 2021 General Allocation Money and $150,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money, the Club announced today.

Additionally, Houston acquired the sixth overall selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft and $200,000 in 2021 General Allocation Money from the Colorado Rapids in a trade for the third overall selection in this year's draft. Houston could also receive an additional $50,000 of conditional 2022 General Allocation Money from Colorado as a part of the deal.

Jones was a key part of Nashville SC's inaugural team in 2020, making 18 appearances and nine starts in midfield and recording two assists. He also appeared in all three of Nashville's playoff matches. Jones has appeared in 44 matches, starting 20, since making his Major League Soccer debut for the Philadelphia Union on March 6, 2017. A 6-4 central midfielder, Jones is a towering presence in the center of the midfield.

"We are pleased to add a midfielder to our roster like Derrick who will bring athleticism, mobility and energy to our team," said SVP and General Manager Matt Jordan. "He is a player we've targeted for quite some time and someone who our staff has worked with in the past."

The 23-year-old has been a part of the U.S. National Team system since 2016 when he made his debut with the Under-20 National Team for then-coach Tab Ramos. Jones made four appearances for the United States in the 2017 U20 World Cup, helping America reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. Jones also made two appearances for the United States U23 National Team in 2019.

"Derrick is a player I know very well. 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," Ramos said. "He has a big career ahead of him and we feel fortunate and excited that it will be here in Houston."

Born in Bantama, Ghana, Jones represented that country at the Under-15 level before moving to America at age 14. He holds dual citizenship in the two countries, which enabled him to represent the United States as well.

Jones was the first-ever signing for Bethlehem Steel FC in in the United Soccer League and made his professional debut for the club on April 10, 2016. He scored five goals in 26 appearances for Bethlehem Steel, earning him a Major League Soccer contract with the Philadelphia Union ahead of the 2017 season.

With the addition of Jones, the Dynamo now have 26 players under contract for the 2021 MLS season.

TRANSACTION: Houston Dynamo FC acquire midfielder Derrick Jones from Nashville SC in a trade for $100,000 in 2021 General Allocation Money and $150,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money. Additionally, Houston Dynamo FC acquire the sixth overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft and $200,000 in 2021 General Allocation Money from the Colorado Rapids in a trade for the third overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. Houston could also receive an additional $50,000 of conditional 2022 General Allocation Money from Colorado as a part of the deal.

DERRICK JONES BIO

Full Name: Derrick Jones Amaniampong

Position: Midfielder

Height: 6-4

Weight: 178 lbs

Date of Birth: March 3 1997 (23 years old)

Birthplace: Bantama, Ghana

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

FIFA Nationality: USA / Ghama

Last Club: Nashville SC

How Acquired: Acquired in a trade with Nashville SC for $250,000 in General Allocation Money.

HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYERS CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT (26)

GOALKEEPERS (2)

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

1 Marko Mariæ GK 1 24 6-3 195 Croatia

26 Michael Nelson GK 3 25 6-4 180 USA

DEFENDERS (8)

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

2 Alejandro Fuenmayor DF 3 24 6-1 170 Venezuela

3 Adam Lundkvist DF 3 26 5-9 145 Sweden

4 Zarek Valentin DF 7 29 5-11 156 USA

18 José Bizama DF 2 26 5-11 165 Chile

28 Erik McCue DF 2 19 6-3 185 USA/Sweden

29 Sam Junqua DF 2 24 6-0 175 USA

Ian Hoffman DF 0 19 5-7 135 USA

Tim Parker DF 6 27 6-2 190 USA

MIDFIELDERS (7)

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

8 Memo Rodriguez MF 2 25 5-8 145 USA

14 Marcelo Palomino MF 1 19 5-5 150 USA

22 Matías Vera MF 2 25 5-8 150 Argentina

24 Darwin Cerén MF 7 31 5-10 165 El Salvador

Juan Castilla MF 0 16 5-8 130 USA / Colombia

Joe Corona MF 2 30 5-8 155 USA

Derrick Jones MF 5 23 6-4 178 USA / Ghana

FORWARDS (9)

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

7 Mateo Bajamich FW 0 21 5-10 165 Argentina

11 Ariel Lassiter FW 5 26 5-10 150 Costa Rica

13 Christian Ramirez FW 4 29 6-1 187 USA

17 Nico Lemoine FW 1 20 5-8 148 USA

23 Darwin Quintero FW 3 33 5-5 142 Colombia

Fafá Picault FW 4 29 5-8 168 USA

Daniel Rios FW 0 16 5-10 145 USA

Tyler Pasher FW 1 26 5-11 160 Canada

Maxi Urruti FW 8 29 6-0 165 Argentina


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