Dynamo secure move for future with affiliation with USL Pro Pittsburgh Riverhounds

The Houston Dynamo and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL Pro have agreed to be affiliated organizations.

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The Riverhounds are in the third tier of professional soccer and will provide an outlet for 4-6 Dynamo players to train, hopefully develop and get experience playing in games.

The move comes at a great time as the MLS reserve league clearly is not working well enough and players that ultimately come through the college draft and the Academy program clear can’t be left in the hinterlands without games.

Surely the likes of Jason Johnson, Brian Ownby, Brian Salazar and other youthful Dynamo players not getting enough games in MLS will get opportunity to train during the week and look forward to a competitive game.

The Riverhounds also might be a place that a player coming off injury can get game time although that will be determined by the Pittsburgh staff.

The whole key here will be for the player that moves to Pittsburgh to not see it as a demotion but see it as an opportunity to grow and come back to the first team a better player.
One can look at Sporting KC striker Dom Dwyer who was moved back to USL Pro side Orlando City before coming back to Sporting to gain a starting spot over Argentine Claudio Bieler.

The Dynamo have had players in the past that have come through the program that have failed to make the jump to MLS like Francisco Navas Cobo, Alex Dixon.

Why have players like Luis Gil of RSL, Jose Villareal of LA and Juan Agudelo of NE progressed and developed faster? Simply because they have gotten games as teen-agers and have had the opportunity to make mistakes and grow.

This move will bridge the gap between the Academy and College players getting to MLS as the MLS reserve league likely dies a slow death.

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  1. c.l. says:

    So will the fruits of the HD front office roll both ways ? I understand we can ship players to Pittsburgh, but can we pick up players from Pitts we didn’t specifically ship there for playing time, ie. Joseph Ngwenya ? And what happened to our ‘relationship’ with SA Scorpions ? Is that still in place ?

  2. mattoomba says:

    I wonder about the geography of making your relationship with a club from Pittsburgh, and not with a club nearer to Houston. Travel might be a limiting factor when dealing with players who are going to the affiliate as part of a return from injury. The distance wouldn’t allow starters a quick jaunt to the affiliate then back to the first team.

  3. tinman says:

    I agree that we should look at team closer to H town.

  4. c.l. says:

    Ya’ll need to check out the USL Pro website. Teams are full of [ex]MLS players, with all the teams roughly the same distance from Houston. With the advent of air travel….


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