MLS Moves: Dynamo picks up Alex's option

The Houston Dynamo has exercised club options on the contracts of five players -- including Alex, voted its 2016 Player of the Year by local media and players -- for the 2017 season and signed Jalil Anibaba to a new contract.

The Dynamo also picked up contract options on goalkeepers Calle Brown and Joe Willis, defender Kevin Garcia and Eric Alexander.

It declined the contract options on five players: Sebastien Ibeagha, Rob Lovejoy, Cristian Maidana, Raul Rodriguez and Zach Steinberger. Four players are currently out of contract: DaMarcus Beasley, David Horst, Abdoulie Mansally and Collen Warner. The loans for three players on the 2016 roster are due to expire at the conclusion of the calendar year. Yair Arboleda (Santa Fe, Colombia), Keyner Brown (Herediano, Costa Rica) and Jose Escalante (Olimpia, Honduras). Discussions are ongoing with the players and their clubs.          .

2017 Houston Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tyler Deric, Calle Brown, Joe Willis
DEFENDERS (4): Jalil Anibaba, Agus, Kevin Garcia, Sheanon Williams
MIDFIELDERS (6): Eric Alexander, Andrew Wenger, Ricardo Clark, Alex, Boniek Garcia, Christian Lucatero.
FORWARDS (3): *Erick Torres, Will Bruin, Mauro Manotas
*On loan to Cruz Azul (Mexico).
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