- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 28, 2009
- 2 Comments
- Felix Garcia, Generation adidas, Player Signings
Even though the Houston Dynamo lacked a draft pick in the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft this year it didn’t matter to them.
The Dynamo have completed the signing of U.S. Under-20 star Felix Garcia, acquiring his rights from the PDL Laredo Heat for an undisclosed fee according to the club. They are set to announce the signing Thursday to the public.
Garcia also comes to the club in a cap friendly way. He will join the Dynamo as a member of the MLS Generation adidas program.
So just how did that happen? Garcia is a member of the US U-20 team right now. Despite being 18 years old, he already had a professional contract with the PDL Laredo Heat. Because of that contract he didn’t have to enter the MLS Draft like ever other youngster looking to make the leap to the league. Garcia wanted to stay in Texas and the Dynamo were the first to show interest.
He is a 6-foot-1 striker with speed and gifted technical ability, but he is still a developing talent. He will join a Dynamo squad with the type of leaders to help him adapt, which makes this move all the better.
He’s a project player but I like this move for the Orange. Getting younger in key areas yet keeping the right parts in place to develop the young talent is where they need to be.
UPDATE: SBI let’s us know more about this signing. Apparently Houston traded up in the allocation order to get Gracia from Toronto. Houston sent Toronto an international player slot for two years in exchange for moving up from No. 10 to the No. 3 spot in the league’s allocation order.