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Rodolfo Zelaya + Houston Dynamo = a fab fit

Jul 23, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT


Yesterday we asked the question about whether MLS fans want to see Salvadoran livewire forward Rodolfo Zelaya on their team? He’ll soon be out of contract and seems intrigued by MLS interest. asked the question today about which club looks like the best fit?

Is this really a discussion?

Two clubs come immediately to mind. As only one of them is in the 2013 playoff hunt, and as Zelaya is probably someone who could be imported for a reasonable price this summer, this looks like a no-brainer.

D.C. United is a team in desperate need of a striker. Then again, United needs so, so much. And there is zero chance the once-proud team is going to the playoffs. (OK, not “zero” mathematically, but you get it.)

Meanwhile, there’s Houston.

Like United, Zelaya could potentially drum up support in the areas’ substantial Salvadoran communities. So, check the box under “good at the gate.”

More importantly to the Ws and the Ls, Zelaya could supply goals. Again, like United, Houston desperately needs more of them.

But unlike United, Houston could put those goals to immediate good use. The Dynamo has the league’s deepest midfield (or, the deepest this side of Real Salt Lake, at very least.) The back line is strong at BBVA Compass Stadium and Tally Hall has the goalkeeping covered.

But the striker situation looks quite barren at the moment. No Dynamo striker has struck in an MLS match since Will Bruin put two past woeful United back in early May. That’s 10 games back … and that is a lot of “back.”

Goals by midfielders Ricardo Clark and Adam Moffat have helped Dominic Kinnear’s team dig up a couple of sorely needed wins lately. Meanwhile, Andrew Driver and Oscar Boniek Garcia are creating from the wide areas. Brad Davis will rotate in to provide some rest and additional options when he gets healthy and fit again. (And that looks quite close now.)

But the Dynamo cannot be a championship threat until Bruin gets his scoring act together, or until Omar Cummings demonstrates a reliable ability to contribute once again.

Or … until perhaps the Dynamo can chase down, chat with, negotiate out and sign up Zelaya.

How good would he look getting on the end of all that impending service from Driver, Garcia, etc.?

  1. aboutlastnight7 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    As a Sporting supporter can I just add a “Please dear God, no, pretty please don’t even think about this” for the Houston front office? Hold out for the European call up Rodolfo!

  2. hildezero - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    I agree with those choices, but also Galaxy is another team getting pressured by their fans to sign him. He would be a great fit at Galaxy with Donovan, Keane, and Cudicini.

    • skidmose - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Houston needs him far more than the Galaxy ever does. He would be a great fit for all the reasons described in the article. The Dynamo front line is woefully inadequate and watching this young man play the other day in the Gold Cup was exciting. As a Dynamo fan from day one I will be very disappointed if they don’t get him. But then the Dynamo have shown a propensity for not signing DPs for some reason that I never understood (of course they don’t have to explain themselves to me do they?)!

  3. geojock - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Not sure Dynamo have the cap space.

  4. hildezero - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM


    Like geojoke said.

  5. talgrath - Jul 24, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Houston doesn’t have the cap space, so they’re out. DC seems like a good fit, the question is whether or not they’ll pull the trigger. My bet, if Zelaya winds up anywhere, would be Toronto; they’re looking for another DP and he comes in at a reasonable price.

    • dgkillmaster - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      Toronto could be another team interested but remember Toronto is still interested in Diego Forlan and I guess they are saving the money for him as for galaxy fans are demanding a new signing and Zelaya would fit in with Donovan and keane since zelaya would boost up the mls popularity in LA and Zelaya would fit in more in LA since a legendary Salvadorian player already made his mark in the Galaxy

      • talgrath - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        I feel like LA would be looking for more of a midfield creator than a striker for DP; they already have two good forwards in Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane as DPs.

  6. dgkillmaster - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Also Houston seems to be doing alright since Houston has a strong team I don’t see the need for Zelaya to go to Houston

  7. geojock - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Any chance Houston signs him to a deal that is worth not much at all this year and all the money comes in next season? That way it will give them time to clear some space? But then again they would have to pay a transfer fee and I am not sure how that gets worked into the cap.

    What about in 6 months when he is a free transfer? Can the Dynamo clear room by then? Maybe Barnes goes back to England and Dynamo get Zelaya?

  8. dreadpirate82 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    There has been nary a word on Zelaya since the week after El Salvador lost to the US. Have we found out anything on who can make the discovery claim?

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