Omar Cummings is headed to Houston.(Getty Images)

Omar Cummings is headed to Houston.(Getty Images)

Weird timing on this trade announcement. Just before Christmas on Sunday morning, the Houston Dynamo announced that they have sent allocation money and midfielder Nathan Sturgis to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for forward Omar Cummings.

Odd timing, big announcement.

The Jamaican spent six years in Colorado, scoring 39 goals and tallying 27 assists. Cummings was named to the 2011 MLS All-Star team and scored a career-high 14 goals in 2010. He also helped the Rapids earn their first MLS Cup title in 2010 when they beat FC Dallas.

The move is a big one because it means the Dynamo were actively looking for a replacement for the injured Calen Carr – who is expected to miss a considerable amount of time in 2013. Cummings is an instant upgrade over Carr as it is and with that midfield in Houston, you can bet that Cummings will likely return to his 2010 form when he scored 14 goals.

Cummings hasn’t been the same in the two seasons since then but truth be told, he didn’t have the same support staff that he will in Houston. He’ll have a younger and potentially better strike partner in Will Bruin and the services of Brad Davis and Oscar Boniek Garcia.

Good deal for the Dynamo but a decent one for Colorado as it opens up some allocation money for them to go back out on the market and snag a big striker this winter. The Rapids have been actively searching for the club’s first Designated Player. This move gives them that ability.