When Dynamo striker Calen Carr was diagnosed with a severe knee injury the pressure increased on the Dynamo to find a striker that can stretch defenses.
Carr is expected to be out for 8-12 months and the Dynamo have been quick to respond with the signing of Omar Cummings from the Colorado Rapids.
The Dynamo give up defender Nathan Sturgis plus allocation money to get the MLS Cup winner from 2010 who partnered Conor Casey.
Cummings, 30 yrs old, was an MLS All Star in 2011 and scored 39 goals in a 6 year span with the Rapids.
Additionally, he is a Jamaican international who has scored 7 times and has helped the “Reggae Boyz” to the last round of Concacaf World Cup qualifying.
So what are the benefits of signing Cummings outside of the obvious pace that he brings?
He clearly will be motivated coming to a new situation in Houston after playing in the hinterlands of Colorado in front of small crowds and could provide the perfect “foil” to Will Bruin up front.
Bruin will need to continue to improve his hold up play in order to help get the best out of Cummings. In addition, Cummings would also could be a great partner for Brian Ching off the bench late in games if in fact Ching returns.
With Colorado changing their playing style last year under Oscar Pareja it may not have been conducive to the playing style of Cummings.
The Dynamo midfield of Brad Davis, Boniek Garcia, Adam Moffat and Ricardo Clark will have a wonderful mobile target to supply in Cummings.
He will be familiar with Jamaican teammates on the Dynamo and will no doubt be able to find a better plate of jerk chicken in Houston than in Colorado!
ASHLEY WILLIAMS GUILTY
Swansea’s Ashley Williams was clearly guilty of driving the ball into the head of Robin Van Persie of Manchester United after RVP was fouled and prone on the ground.
Anyone who has played the game realizes this was intentional. No questions asked.