Houston (CBS Houston) – The New Year is a time for resolutions, a time for change, a time to wash away the bad for the good. Count the Dynamo as those that are hoping 2017 is vastly different than 2016.
A year ago the Dynamo went 7-14-13, 34 points which was the second lowest point total in the league, and the lowest in the Western Conference. It was the third year in a row the Dynamo missed the playoffs.
“It was a season that was a disappointment and unacceptable to us,” team president Chris Canetti said.
For the second consecutive offseason the Dynamo have overhauled their roster. The club has already brought in six new players and perhaps more to come.
“We’re committed to continuing to be aggressive to always look to improve the team, and will continue to be that way,” general manager Matt Jordan added.
The goal of the team was to bring in some talented, young players that were on the upward trajectory of their careers that new head coach Wilmer Cabrera could groom.
“We were very clear about our objectives and our goals that we set forth for ourselves heading into the offseason. Those objectives were very clear, we wanted to get younger, more athletic and much more dynamic,” Jordan said.
Forward, Alberth Elis, is a Honduran international that the club acquired on loan from CF Monterrey. Elis has scored three goals in 15 games played for the Honduran national team, and has a winning pedigree for both club and country.
Another forward that the Dynamo acquired was Romell Quioto who has played with, and is a close friend of Elis. Quioto was signed on a full transfer from CD Olimpia in the top Honduran league where he enjoyed personal and team success.
Colombian midfielder, Juan David Cabezas, comes over on loan from Deportivo Cali. The Dynamo also have an option to execute a full transfer after 12 months. Like Elis and Quioto, Cabezas has also been apart of a club team that has won its league’s title.
Three-time MLS Cup champion, Leonardo, was the latest Dynamo signing as the two sides agreed to terms on Wednesday after he was selected in the second stage of the MLS re-entry draft. Leonardo is a center back who adds championship experience and leadership to the club.
Joining Leonardo on the backline is Adolfo Machado who comes to the Dynamo on a full transfer from Deportivo Saprissa in Costa Rica. Machado has 67 caps with Panama, and has won four league titles with Saprissa.
Another new defender for the Dynamo is Dylan Remick, who was selected in stage one of the MLS re-entry draft. Remick is a left back that appeared in 11 matches for Seattle in 2016, last season’s MLS Cup winners.
Overall the acquisitions are proven winners, collectively winning multiple titles in a variety of leagues.
“They have proven they can win, they know how to win, and they’re hungry now to bring that experience, those skills and that desire to the Houston Dynamo,” head coach Wilmer Cabrera said.
The New Year resolution for the Dynamo is pretty simple. Win.