Is Ricardo Clark Headed Back To Houston?

Is Ricardo Clark Headed Back To Houston?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 18, 2012
  • Features, Ricardo Clark

Clark would be a good fit with the Dynamo once again. (Getty Images)

With the news that Geoff Cameron could be on his way to Stoke City at any moment this week, the Houston Dynamo may have found a replacement in the form of former midfielder and US International Ricardo Clark.

Yeah you remember Clark for his time in Houston. Who can forget the scrappy moments he had with Carlos Ruiz and FC Dallas a while back right?

Anyways, Clark was let go from Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany yesterday and could be on his way back to MLS.

I know what some of you are immediately thinking when you read that. “Wait a second, Clark will have to go through the MLS Allocation system right? Houston isn’t at the top of that list!”

Well you are right about the latter of those two things. Houston retains his MLS rights, which means Clark wouldn’t go through the allocation process. The Dynamo made a bona fide offer to Clark before he left for Germany in 2009.

This will all really come down to dollars and cents to get Clark back – which is why Houston is not forcing Geoff Cameron to stick around. They know his transfer fee could be what gets someone like Clark back in the locker room. Clark is comfortable in Houston and given his short time in Europe that didn’t go as well as some would have hoped, this move makes plenty of sense for both sides.

Even if Clark doesn’t return to Houston, you have to figure someone in MLS would gobble him up as quickly as possible. I can think of a couple teams that could use a quality holding midfielder of his caliber. Like I said it all comes down to money.

  • You’d think Geoff’s $250k would be enough wages for a fringe US MNT guy like Rico. Certainly would be an upgrade over Moffat, while Taylor is doing well in Cameron’s CB spot. That leaves any allocation money they need to give Rico a signing bonus and invest in a DP FW, as well as some depth options at the back.

  • Caseytellison@gmail.con

    Would take him back in a minute, the dude covers a crazy amount of ground. I was a big fan of his in the orange. He is not as good of a distributor from the position as Cameron can be but he know Houston, Dom, and would a great to plug in.

  • mike

    “What a second” is not what I was thinking… but thats just me

    • haha, are you sure? j/k – thanks for pointing out an ugly typo.