Andre Hainault is officially making the move to the Scottish Premier League.
Now you likely already know this. Is the move to 11th place Ross County an upwardly mobile move for Hainault?
He debuted for the Dynamo at left back off the bench on May 3, 2009 against NE coming on for then captain Wade Barrett now an assistant for the Dynamo.
In 2011 Hainault was the Dynamo team mvp defender and was generally seamless in moving in and out of any position in the back four.
He has appeared for the Dynamo over 100 times and was an unused sub in the MLS Cup final against the LA Galaxy but had ups and downs in 2012.
His versatility may have hurt him but this past season and he struggled at times which may have had more to do with a heavy work load representing Canada internationally as well.
The emergence of defenders Jamaican Jermaine Taylor and Kofi Sarkodie plus the acquisition of Eric Brunner from the Portland Timbers must also be factored in to the equation.
Hainault played 2035 minutes starting 24 times and appearing 25 times for the Dynamo registering 2 goals and 3 assists.
Only Tally Hall, Will Bruin, Brad Davis, Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, and Cory Ashe played more minutes in 2012.
His next destination of northern Scotland is a cold windy place and this for me is curious move for Hainault who moves on a free transfer.
Ross County is not bathing in the trappings of wealth either so one could wonder why Hainault did not elect to seek MLS employment either with the Dynamo or other clubs.
Hainault will play for coach Derek Adams who led the “Staggies” into the Scottish Premier League after gaining promotion last season.
They currently are 11th out of 12 teams and play in a 6300 seat Victoria Park.
The club was founded in 1929.
Hainault had impressive moments over the years for the Dynamo and was an asset in the community as well!
Ironically it was Hainault who scored the opening goal of 2012 which led to a road win at Chivas USA.