Houston Dynamo has made two transactions this Christmas, losing one player but gaining another as a trade and a transfer came through on Friday. Will Bruin will leave the club and move to Seattle while the club has acquired Romell Quioto from Honduras to replace him.
Bruin was sent to Seattle for allocation money, in a convoluted way that only Major League Soccer (MLS) can manage. Houston acquired both general and targeted allocation money from Seattle as part of the trade, as is tradition in MLS the amounts of those specific allocations were not revealed.
After joining the club from the 2011 MLS SuperDraft Bruin has managed to play 178 matches scoring 50 MLS goals for Houston. 2016 saw Bruin’s output decrease scoring just four goals in his 31 matches, in a difficult year for Houston.
Some of that targeted allocation money was immediately spent as Houston Dynamo used it to acquire Quioto. Quioto, a striker, joins Dynamo from Honduran club CD Olimpia and comes as a full transfer to the club, not a loan signing.
Quioto is a diverse attacking option, having played centrally and on either wing, he will be useful to a Houston attack that was starved of goals. Including staring for Olimpia, Quioto has become a feature of the Honduras national team, playing 27 times, scoring four goals.
The Honduran becomes the second player to join Houston Dynamo who played at the Olympic Games in Rio this year. In Rio Quioto was an overage player for Honduras, playing five times and scoring once.
While at Olimpia Quioto has played 78 matches for the team, scoring 36 goals over three years, winning three Clausura championships in a row. Prior to playing with Olimpia, Quioto played for Vida playing just under 60 matches.
Houston is not Quioto’s first overseas club, as the Honduran spent time on loan in Europe, playing for Wisla Krakow in Poland. Quioto will add strike power for a Houston team desperately in need of it, and continues the long awaited change at Houston Dynamo.