Houston Dynamo has continued to build their squad for 2017 as they secured Colombian midfielder, Juan David Cabezas. The club announced the signing of Cabezas on Friday, joining the club on loan from Deportivo Cali with an option to make the move permanent.
In completing the transaction Houston Dynamo had to use Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to pick up Cabezas. But being on loan should mean that less TAM was spent than would have been needed to secure Cabezas permanently.
Cabezas joins Houston Dynamo from the soccer heartland of Cali, Colombia which has been home to many players who have played in the United States. He spent the 2016 season with Deportivo Independiente Medellin helping the club to the Apertura championship. In the first leg of the championship series he scored the away goal, a vital contribution to seal the title.
At 25 Cabezas is hitting his footballing peak but already has eight years of professional soccer experience. In that time Cabezas has managed 170 matches at senior level, scoring 19 goals from defense.
“Juan David is very hungry and excited to come to the Houston Dynamo. It is important for us to have a player with the ability to win the ball in the middle of the field, and he brings that quality to the team,” said Dynamo Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera, in a press release. “He brings experience, and he wants to be a part of our club. That’s something that was important to us, and all of the signings so far have shown that. They’re all hungry and they all want to be part of the Houston Dynamo – not only as a club, but as part of our city and part of this new project that we are building.”
On top of his club play in Colombia Cabezas has represented Colombia at Under 20 level, playing at the 2011 South American Championship and World Cup. In the South American tournament he played in six of the nine matches before starting all five at the World Cup.