Former Dynamo Strikers On The Return?

Former Dynamo Strikers On The Return?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 25, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Joseph Ngwenya, Nate Jaqua

It is possible, as we have discussed before that a couple players could be on their way back to Major League Soccer from Europe this summer. We just finished talking about Josh Wolff, now we are going down to Houston with Nate Jaqua and Joseph Ngwenya and their possible return to the two-time champions.

First off with the more likely of the two, Jaqua.

His agent and the league have been in some serious discussions lately about his return to the league and with the Dynamo. Jaqua, who left the Dynamo in December for a move to the Austrian Bundesliga, is weighing his options, could still see another offer or two in Europe though his feelings with MLS are described as “lukewarm”.

Houston would still have his rights if he were to resign with the league. Honestly, the guy only saw 10 matches (where he did score five goals) for SCR Altach. He could still get another contract somewhere abroad in a lower league like the Austrian Bundesliga but that isn’t always guaranteed to happen. Plus with no offers currently on the table other than Houston he may be wise to return for the remainder of the season with the Dynamo and then try his hand again at Europe in the offseason.

Its an idea, maybe not a good one but it could work in his favor.

Now as for the other possible return, the less likely of the two, Joseph Ngwenya.

He has remained in contact with the coaches and team but continues to show desire to stay in Europe. Bernando Fallas of the Houston Chronicle even labled his return chances as “slim”.

Apparently Ngwenya is out to prove something and is probably hoping his play in World Cup qualifying for Zimbabwe help get him a new contract elsewhere.

Ngwenya played very little in Austria this past season for SK Austria Kärnten. In fact I think he barely played over a half of soccer while he was with Kärnten. Yeah, that doesn’t bode well for him in hopes of getting another contract over there.

He should do the wise thing and come back to MLS for the rest of the year and try to improve his stock, similar to Jaqua. It would be a wise move on his part because he knows the playing time would actually be there if he wanted it. I just don’t see it happening though as he is too stubborn in getting his hopes up for another contract. Here’s to hoping he does get one somewhere and actually plays for them this time around.

  • tex

    It's so hard for players to come back after being in the Europe. The money is great, culture in cool and the game and every day enviornment is just too good to leave. These two are likely making $200-250K and being seen by bigger clubs so coming back to MLS is really going to the minor leagues.

  • Rory

    I would like to believe a team like Houstan is as good as a bottom-feeder in the Austrian Brudesliga like Altach. I doubt they were making 100k a year there, which after taxes has to be less… I can see Jaqua returning here but N'g has to want to be closer to home and closer to the big action of Europe. If not, then I'd bet there's a MLS team that would pay decent for him… it just might not be Houstan.

  • tex

    It’s so hard for players to come back after being in the Europe. The money is great, culture in cool and the game and every day enviornment is just too good to leave. These two are likely making $200-250K and being seen by bigger clubs so coming back to MLS is really going to the minor leagues.

  • I would like to believe a team like Houstan is as good as a bottom-feeder in the Austrian Brudesliga like Altach. I doubt they were making 100k a year there, which after taxes has to be less… I can see Jaqua returning here but N’g has to want to be closer to home and closer to the big action of Europe. If not, then I’d bet there’s a MLS team that would pay decent for him… it just might not be Houstan.