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It is clear that fans do come to games in all sports many times for one specific individual and it is no different in MLS. What game is not made more interesting with the likes of Thierry Henry, Dwayne DeRosario, Landon Donovan or Fredy Montero coming to town? Fact, fans come for individuals in many cases. Which leads us to AEG head Tim Lieweke saying to the Dynamo that it is time for a designated player that can be impactful both on and off the field.
So who would you like to see in a Dynamo uniform in the future? Here are a few to ponder?
DIEGO FORLAN- At 31 years of age Forlan is still fit and injury free playing in Spain’s La Liga. A bona-fide star of the World Cup for Uruguay he would be a recognizable figure.
A mobile, striker that is a finisher both from the run of play and the set piece. Forlan recently came out in the press talking about a potential move to England.
Forlan has scored 69 goals at Atletico cementing his place as one of Europe’s top strikers. You never know until you ask?
HUMBERTO SUAZO- The Chilean striker, had injury problems during the World Cup but is a predator in the penalty area. Currently playing at Monterrey in the MFL, Suazo
has 9 goals currently for Rayados who are second in the overall table behind Cruz Azul. Suazo is 5″7 and built like a fire hyrdrant, low to the ground
and powerful. Suazo is 29 years old.
ANDRES D’ALESSANDRO- The Argentine midfielder could be the fulcrum to play through in midfield for the Dynamo. Currently at Internacional in Brazil, D’Alessandro
helped Internacional of Brazil to the Copa Libertadores title in recent times. Argentine manager Sergio Batista recently called him up to the
national squad for their September 7th friendly against Spain. He also has played in Europe with Wolfsburg in Germany and Zaragoza in Spain.
ALBERTO MEDINA- The Mexican has appeared over 50 times for El Tri and over 250 times for Chivas. Maybe he is tired of the fake stuff at the new Estadio, Jalisco.
What strikes me about Medina is that he is tough and focused. El Venado, the deer can play as a winger or a striker and could be a hit both on
and off the field. Medina is 27 years of age and would be a better signing than Omar Bravo in KC based on his age, he also would satisfy the
large Mexican community that follows the MFL.
CHRISTIAN GIMENEZ- Currently on 6 goals for Cruz Azul, Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear has always been complimentary of the play of the Argentine. Who can
forget some of the magic he produced against the Dynamo while at Pachuca? Gimenez if fiery, skilled and would be step in as the club’s leader.
With the right players around him, “Chaco” would lift the squad to another level. Started his career at famed Boca Jrs. and scored over 40 goals
So these are just a few thoughts.
Now notice that I stuck to players from Mexico and South America as potentials as I believe that culturally this is what our market needs in the future. Yes, I know that it doesn’t matter where the player comes from but if that player comes from Europe he needs to be a big enough name to be impactful off the field as well. I also chose to focus on a few that are in their latter twenties with the exception being Forlan who is 31, reason being they might just be ready for a move. A-lot has to fall in place to acquire players like these and at times it is the most unlikely of reasons as to why someone might make a change. Security in Mexico is an issue for professional soccer players and that along with a new stadium and a city with lots of roots to Mexico, South America and Central America is also a selling point. Location can’t hurt here as well.
I am waiting for the first person to tell me why Adolfo Bautista of Chivas would be a good choice for the Dynamo? He might draw some fans but for me it would be too much risk. He would have been a good choice back between 2004-2007 while at Chivas but at 31 with baggage wouldn’t go there.
Finding the right DP for the Dynamo will be a real challenge and one would suspect that it would come during the summer transfer window but you never know.
And as far as a player in Europe, remember that on Sports Talk 790 Chris Canetti mentioned that David Beckham of the LA Galaxy could be utilized to help draw a player from Europe to Houston!!!
Dynamo Coo Chris Canetti is on the road and will be at PPL Park tonight looking at the stadium before heading to Red Bull Arena. So lets get some real reaction from you? Who would you like to see as a DP? Does it have to be someone from South America or Mexico?
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