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MLS Ticker: Dynamo sign Spanish defender Raul Rodriguez; Sounders add homegrown Darwin Jones; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The Houston Dynamo made a major move to acquire goal-scorer Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres early in the offseason, and now the club has solidified the defensive unit behind him.

The Dynamo announced Friday that the club has acquired Spanish defender Raul Rodriguez from La Liga’s RCD Espanyol.

“We are delighted to sign a player of the caliber of Raúl Rodríguez, who has played at the highest level, showing great defensive qualities against some of the world’s best attacking players,” Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle said. “Raúl also has great technical ability on the ball and is excited to be part of the Houston Dynamo.”

The 27-year-old made 80 first-team appearances in five seasons with the Spanish club, including 28 starts in the 2010-11 season.

“I’m very excited to join the Houston Dynamo,” said Rodríguez. “This move represents a great challenge for me in my career with the growth of MLS. The Dynamo are an ambitious club with a clear vision and I’m excited to be a part of this project. Houston is a great city with a lot of possibilities for me and my family. I can’t wait to join my teammates and coaches and get to work.”

Here are some more of Friday afternoon’s MLS news and notes:

SOUNDERS SIGN JONES TO HOMEGROWN DEAL

University of Washington product Alex Roldan will learn his MLS fate in next week’s draft, but his college running mate Darwin Jones has confirmed his MLS future.

The Seattle Sounders announced Friday that the club has signed Jones to a Homegrown deal. The forward is the club’s fifth Homegrown signing, following in the footsteps of DeAndre Yedlin (2013), Sean Okoli, Aaron Kovar and Victor Mansaray (2014).

“I’m humbled and excited to join Sounders FC and look forward to proving myself as an impact player for the club,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to being in a competitive environment alongside a group of quality players that I can learn from inside a first-class organization.”

Jones scored 15 goals and provided nine assists in two college seasons for Washington.

CREW MIDFIELDER STEINDORSSON CALLED UP TO ICELAND NATIONAL TEAM

Kristinn Steindorsson will make his MLS debut in March, but first the Columbus Crew midfielder will debut as a senior international.

Steindorsson has been called into the Iceland national team for an upcoming pair of friendlies against Canada on Jan. 16 and Jan. 19. The invitation represents Steindorsson’s first senior call-up after previously making several appearances with the nation’s youth programs.

Steindorsson scored eight goals in 2014 with Sweden’s Halmstads BK before signing with the Crew on Dec. 11.

What do you make of the Dynamo’s latest signing? What do you expect from Darwin Jones? How will Steindorsson fare on the international stage?

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Comments

  1. Pretty sure Jones will play for Sounders2, which is exactly what S2 partnerships are for. I’m glad to see it shaping up like a real reserve system. Hopefully enough teams stay strong enough to make it a competitive reserve league for development.

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    • They really are. But the league as a whole is having a great off season. News every day and fresh players old and young coming in.

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