Houston Dynamo add two More Defenders

Adolfo Machado (Photo: MarioLNC, Creative Commons License)

Houston Dynamo has added two more international players to their squad on Wednesday and Thursday as they continue to rebuild. On Wednesday Dynamo announced the signing of Adolfo Machado and on Thursday Dynamo selected Leonardo in the MLS Re-Entry Draft second stage.

Machado, a Panamanian defender transfers to Houston from Costa Rican legendary club Deportivo Saprissa. Machado has been a veteran for Panama, playing 67 times in the back line, proving a vital part of their recent years.

Since 2013 Machado has been in Deportivo Saprissa, initially joining on loan and has since gone on to play 130 matches for the club. While there Machado has claimed a double in 2014 and the Apertura in 2015 and 2016.

The Panamanian will no doubt be a significant loss for Saprissa as he has been the captain of the club and has been a stalwart. Machado comes to Houston having won the foreign player of the year award for the past three years.

In Thursday’s second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft Houston Dynamo selected Leonardo, formerly of Los Angeles Galaxy. Leonardo adds yet another defender to Houston Dynamo for 2017, pending his contract negotiation.

Despite being Brazilian Leonardo has become a US Citizen and so will not count as an international player on the roster. Given this was the second stage, Leonardo’s contract is up for negotiation, which will allow Houston to negotiate new terms with Leonardo.

Leonardo has played for LA Galaxy since 2010 and has won three MLS Cups with the club, while also winning LA Galaxy Defender of the Year in 2015. Through seven years in MLS Leonardo has played 85 matches, scoring twice and both signings will bolster the Dynamo back line.


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