MLS Moves: Dynamo signs ball-winning midfielder

Houston Dynamo fans have another new player to evaluate.

Colombian defensive midfielder Juan David Cabezas is bound for the club on loan from Deportivo Cali in his Colombian hometown. The signing has been facilitated by the use of Targeted Allocation Money.

Cabezas, 25, has played 170 games during eight seasons in Colombia with Independiente Medellin and Deportivo Cali. He played 36 games (24 starts) and scored three goals for Independiente as it won the 2016 Apertura title.

“Juan David is very hungry and excited to come to the Houston Dynamo,” said Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera in a team press release. “It is important for us to have a player with the ability to win the ball in the middle of the field, and he brings that quality to the team.”

Cabezas joins Dylan Remick, Alberth Elis, Adolfo Machado, and Romell Quioto  on the list of offseason signings by the Dynamo, which hired Cabrera after Houston finished last in the Western Conference at 7-14-13 under predecessors Owen Coyle and Wade Barrett.

“He brings experience, and he wants to be a part of our club,” said Cabrera. “That’s something that was important to us, and all of the signings so far have shown that. They’re all hungry and they all want to be part of the Houston Dynamo – not only as a club, but as part of our city and part of this new project that we are building.”

Cabezas debuted as a professional in 2009 at 17 for Deportivo Cali and while with the club scored 11 goals in 87 appearances. In 2011 he played six games for his country at the South American U-20 Championships and also appeared in the FIFA U-20 World Cup hosted by Colombia.

 

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