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Dynamo rebuilding in flux
by Ridge Mahoney, January 14th, 2009 7AM



[MLS] The SuperDraft takes place on Thursday, but piecing together its squad for 2009 means the Houston Dynamo is monitoring developments in Turkey, of all places, where former forward Joseph Ngwenya and defender Bobby Boswell are sorting through their situations.

Ngwenya is pondering whether to return to MLS while he tries to pry a settlement out of Turkish club Antalyaspor, which terminated his contract last month. He was reportedly heading back to MLS last summer, following a trial at Bayern Munich and a short stint in Austria before he signed with Antalyaspor, which is where Boswell spent a few days on trial, which prompted negotiations but no transfer, at least not yet.

According to a source, Houston is facing salary-cap problems, which is one reason it traded attacker Dwayne De Rosario to Toronto without nicking one of TFC's three first-round draft picks. Houston received "between $200,000 and $250,000" in allocation money, according to the source, and also shaved off DeRo's salary of $325,000 off its cap. Last year, 10 Dynamo players - the most in MLS - made at least $126,000.

Houston re-signed captain Wade Barrett to a new contract and is preparing new deals for several younger players. Stuart Holden, Corey Ashe, Geoff Cameron and Boswell all earned $33,000 or close to it in 2008. Also, veteran midfielder Ricardo Clark is entering the final year of his contract. He earned a base salary of $225,500 in 2008.

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