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.
MLSSoccer.com 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.?
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