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MLS Notes: Dynamo sign Mexican left back, FCD recalls Jackson and more


The Houston Dynamo are in a bit of a personnel crisis with suspensions and injuries taking their toll on the club's roster, but the club augmented its defensive options on Friday with the signing of a young Mexican left back.

Houston acquired Oscar Recio on loan from Monterrey, a move that frees starting left back Corey Ashe to slide up to the midfield with Brad Davis nursing a calf injury.

Recio, 22, has played every minute of three Dynamo reserve matches and has been with the club since the beginning of the preseason.

With Davis injured and Adam Moffat and Colin Clark suspended for this weekend's match against Chicago, Recio, who is eligible to play immediately according to a team statement, could slide into the lineup right away. Jamaican centerback Jermaine Taylor had been receiving the minutes at left back for Houston when Ashe was deployed elsewhere.

Here are a few more items from around the league:


A recent rash of injuries and lack of overall production have caused FC Dallas to turn to one of last season's more productive players.

The club has recalled Jackson from Brazilian side Cruzeiro, the club Dallas loaned him to in the offseason because of personal reasons. Jackson, a versatile player who saw minutes at just about every position for the club in 2011, can provides a big boost to the midfield, where the club has not been receiving a ton of production.

"We really felt it was important we strengthen our depth in the midfield as much as possible,” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said in a club statement. "Jackson wanted to come back to Dallas. He’s a player who knows our system and our players, and I expect his transition back into MLS will be very smooth."


With Bill Hamid back in the picture after recovering from his ankle injury, D.C. United has loaned backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra to the Charleston Battery for the USL Pro club's next two matches.

The brief loan will see Dykstra away from D.C. for a week. It also provides a chance for him to get some minutes at the club for which he starred last year. He had a USL Pro-best 0.98 goals against average while with the Battery in 2011.

Hamid and Joe Willis will be available for D.C. this weekend at New England.


The Philadelphia Union announced that Roger Torres had an MCL sprain earlier in the week, and Torres underwent surgery for that injury on Friday.

According to the club, Torres, whose full rights were purchased from Colombian side America de Cali in the offseason, will miss the next 6-to-8 weeks.


Do you like the signing for the Dynamo? How important of a move is it for FCD to bring back Jackson? Think Dykstra could help any MLS other MLS teams? 

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  1. Donkey is an approved soccer term and his distribution and crosses into the stands in fact hee-haw like a donkey (11 career assists — 4 of which were in a rookie season 5 years ago — and none since 2010…for a wing player…..). Might get over it if he could play defense but his value there has been vastly overstated.

    Houston has no run of play goals and signed a defender, after losing 3 midfielders for this week and potentially losing Davis among them for a few weeks.

  2. This is another one of Kinnear’s absurd “freeing up” moves where we have to sign a defender just to move players around, like we have no depth.

    I think Ashe is a donkey with limited defense and skills, and I wish this move was designed to pressure him for PT. But in reality Kinnear prizes Ashe so much that he can’t even move him up to LW for one game or so without signing Recio for “cover.”

    For that matter, what’s Taylor, chopped liver? I think he’s the second best pure defender on the team to Cameron, and better going forward than Ashe, but Kinnear for some reason acts like he’s not even there most of the time.

    To make it further odd, Recio’s been in camp since spring so why are we signing him weeks into the season?

    Welcome to Kinnear World. We have a serious midfielder problem and he signs a back to “free up” an awful defender/mid (Ashe) to move forward instead of actually signing someone who will make us better. Meanwhile we have a decent young mid on loan to San Antonio.

  3. As a Fire fan who watched Dykstra through most of the 2010 season, I can say confidently that no, he cannot help an MLS team. He is a terrible, terrible goalie.

  4. Wow you can do two game loans to the USL. So MLS teams can do long term loans and short term loans to USL teams. Did you read that Vancouver Whitecaps management (cough, cough Omar Salgado)

  5. Not every CB can so easily be converted to a fullback.

    Taylor doesn’t have the speed or the attacking spark to man the LB position.


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