Following Wednesday's draw for the quarterfinal stage of the Concacaf Champions League starting late February, Houston has a shorter than usual offseason in which to plan for its home-and-away
game against Atalante of Mexico. Bernardo Fallas lists several things the club must get done over the winter.
Re-signing defenders Wade Barrett
and replacing forward Nate Jaqua
are "no-brainers." It must also resolve the issue of building a new stadium, either by hoping for a change of heart on
financing by Harris County, "or pony up the remainder of the dough [$10 million], get it done and move on. The sooner the better."
The Dynamo must also follow other MLS teams
and look abroad for talent as the domestic player pool thins with the addition of more teams to the league -- a "solid forward or defender" could be found in the Caribbean at the right
price. Meanwhile, the abolition of the reserve league means the team must foster better contacts with local colleges and semi-pro clubs in order to stage games where its young players can develop.
A "defender with pace" is also a priority to stop Houston getting burned again by the likes of New England's Kheli Dube
or New York's Dane
in 2009. And finally it must back up starting goalkeeper Pat Onstad
, who at 41 "is still one of the best in the league," by investing in a young keeper
with future starting potential.
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