THE ONLY ‘KEEPER IN TOWN
Houston Dynamo have signed goalkeeper Chris Seitz on a free transfer, which is a blessed relief considering that prior to Seitz, Houston had no custodians in their squad.
Both Tyler Deric and Calle Brown were allowed to leave earlier this month when the club declined their contract options and Joe Willis is currently out of contract.
An 11-year MLS veteran, Seitz spent the last seven seasons with FC Dallas. He has 97 career regular season appearances and 96 starts and has kept 18 clean sheets. He had his best season in 2016, when he helped Dallas to their Supporters’ Shield and US Open Cup triumphs. Seitz was selected by Real Salt Lake with the fourth overall pick of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. He was traded to Philadelphia in 2010 before landing in Dallas in 2011.
MAYNOR STAYS IN DALLAS
Veteran defender Maynor Figueroa has agreed a new one-year contract with FC Dallas.
Now 34-year-old, Figueroa has spent the last two seasons with Dallas after being acquired in a trade with Colorado Rapids in January 2016. The Honduran international made 28 appearances to help Dallas to the Supporters’ Shield in 2016, then made another 26 appearances and starts past season. The former Wigan Athletic and Hull City player is veteran of two World Cups and one Olympics with Honduras.
IMPORTANT PIECE SLOTS INTO PLACE
Similar to the story above, centre back Drew Moor has signed a new one-year contract with Toronto FC with an additional option for 2019. Moor, who first joined Toronto as a free agent ahead of the 2016 season, was out of contract and a free agent.
Moor, 33, made 34 appearances in the regular season, playoffs and Canadian Championship in 2017, helping the club to their record-breaking regular season and Supporters’ Shield, Canadian Championship and MLS Cup titles. The Indiana University product has made a combined 384 appearances in regular season and playoff action, recording 27 goals and eight assists in his 13-year MLS career. He currently ranks eighth in league history among outfield players with 361 career regular season appearances.
EXPERIENCE THE KEY FOR SEATTLE
MLS Cup finalists Seattle Sounders have traded $50,000 of their General Allocation Money to Columbus Crew in exchange for defender Waylon Francis.
Having been with Columbus for four seasons now, Francis will provide experience and leadership to the Seattle defence. He has amassed five international caps with Costa Rica and replaces Joevin Jones, who departed Seattle for German side Darmstadt.
Any Other Business…
Stuart Holden has hosted a charity game to raise money benefiting the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the Houston community… Iker Casillas is considering a move to Chicago Fire, you heard it here first folks… After revealing that he wouldn’t return to Orlando City SC in 2018, Kaka announced on social media on Sunday morning that he has retired from the sport.