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Houston Dynamo Sign Goalkeeper Kyle Morton

January 27, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Houston Dynamo FC News Release


HOUSTON - Houston Dynamo FC signed goalkeeper Kyle Morton for the 2021 season, the Club announced today.

"Kyle has worked hard through the last couple of years to earn this opportunity at the MLS level and we look forward to welcoming him to our Club." said SVP and General Manager Matt Jordan. "He is a player who has the talent and upside to provide strong competition within our goalkeeping corps."

Morton joins Houston after one season with Saint Louis FC, who competes in the USL Championship, and finished as a finalist for the 2020 USL Championship Goalkeeper of the Year, his second appearance as a finalist for the award. The 6-4 goalkeeper finished with three clean sheets, and posted seven victories in 2020, while leading Saint Louis FC to the postseason in an abbreviated season and reached the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"In an effort to expand our depth and competition with our goalkeepers, we wanted to add someone with the right mentality and experience to compete every day," Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos said. "Kyle has been doing the work over the last few years and we feel he is ready to compete."

The goalkeeper joined Saint Louis FC after two seasons with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. He finished with 14 shutouts in 2019, tied for the most in the USL Championship and led the Riverhounds to the Eastern Conference semifinals in his last season with the club. Morton finished with three cleans sheets in the three games he started for Pittsburgh in 2018.

Morton signed his first professional contract with the Rochester Rhinos in 2017 after four years with the James Madison University Dukes. At the collegiate level he finished with 1.13 goals against average and 19 career shutouts at James Madison while earning Third Team All-CAA honors in his junior and senior seasons.

The shot stopper also played with Reading United AC, Lehigh Valley United and the U-23 OKC Energy FC team in the Premier Development League from 2015-2016.

With the addition of Morton, the Dynamo have 27 players on the active roster for the 2021 MLS season.

TRANSACTION: Houston Dynamo FC sign goalkeeper Kyle Morton for the 2021 season with club options in 2022 and 2023.

KYLE MORTON BIO

Full Name: Kyle Morton

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6-4

Weight: 190 lbs

Date of Birth: March 31, 1994 (26 years old)

Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania

FIFA Nationality: USA

Last Club: Saint Louis Football Club (USL Championship)

How Acquired: Signed for the 2021 season with club options in 2022 and 2023.

HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYERS CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT (27)

GOALKEEPERS (3)

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

Kyle Morton GK 0 26 6-4 190 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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