Houston Dynamo FC Announce Roster Decisions Following Run to Western Conference Final

December 4, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Houston Dynamo FC News Release

HOUSTON - Houston Dynamo FC enter the offseason with 21 on the roster following the postseason run to the Western Conference Final. The team exercised 2024 contract options on four players, declined options for eight players and two players are out of contract following the 2023 season.

"I want to thank every player and staff member who made the 2023 season so memorable. We took a major step forward in the resurgence of our club, making a deep playoff run, winning the fourth major trophy in our club's history and creating a clear identity," Dynamo general manager, Pat Onstad said. "As we look forward, we return most of the core of our roster and staff. For those not returning, I wanted to thank them for their contributions this season and wish them well in the next step of their careers. We are already hard at work to strengthen the team in the coming transfer windows."

Houston exercised 2024 contract options on midfielder Luis Caicedo, defender Tate Schmitt, forward Thor Úlfarsson and goalkeeper Xavier Valdez.

The Club declined the 2024 contract options for the following players: forward Ifunanyachi Achara, midfielder Charles Auguste, forward Beto Avila, defender Teenage Hadebe, defender Mujeeb Murana, forward Daniel Rios and midfielder Matías Vera. Forward Iván Franco will return to Paraguay following the conclusion of his loan for the 2023 season.

Forward Corey Baird and defender Griffin Dorsey are out of contract and free agents. The club is currently negotiating with select players about their return to the team for the 2024 campaign.

The Dynamo enter the 2024 season with the following 17 players under contract: forward Amine Bassi, defender Ethan Bartlow, midfielder Adalberto "Coco" Carrasquilla, goalkeeper Steve Clark, midfielder Artur, defender Micael, defender Franco Escobar, forward Sebas Ferreira, defender Chase Gasper, midfielder Héctor Herrera, midfielder Sebastian Kowalczyk, forward Nelson Quiñónes, midfielder Brooklyn Raines, defender Brad Smith, defender Daniel Steres, defender Erik Sviatchenko and goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.

Houston's updated roster can be found below listed alphabetically by position:

Goalkeepers (3): Steve Clark, Andrew Tarbell, Xavier Valdez

Defenders (8): Ethan Bartlow, Micael, Franco Escobar, Chase Gasper, Tate Schmitt, Brad Smith, Daniel Steres, Erik Sviatchenko

Midfielders (6): Luis Caicedo, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Artur, Héctor Herrera, Sebastian Kowalczyk, Brooklyn Raines

Forwards (4): Amine Bassi, Sebas Ferreira, Nelson Quiñónes, Thor Úlfarsson

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