Texas MLS, USL and NWSL roster updates (second edition-updated)

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For those not following roster moves for all of the Texas professional teams, I am providing a weekly summary of activity from the previous week.  MLS preseason training begins next week so FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo rosters are more developed than the USL teams.  The first two rounds of the MLS annual college draft also took place on Friday, so I will provide information on selections by MLS teams followed here.  These players are not guaranteed roster spots.

After the National Women’s Soccer League entry draft yesterday,  I will begin to track the Houston Dash (the only Texas NWSL team) this week.  Though they are not a Texas team, I am also providing updates on the Columbus Crew and will be tracking them more closely this season because of the potential 2019 move to Austin.

MLS rosters are limited to 30 players with 2 of these slots dedicated only to homegrown players.  Each club has been allocated 8 international slots-which can be traded.  In 2017, USL rosters were limited to 30 players on each clubs Master Roster-which is the official player roster for USL play.  A maximum of 7 of those players can be internationals.  NWSL teams can have no more than 20 players, with 4 of those slots internationals.

Listed below are the current rosters for all teams with updates announced this week highlighted.  Links to the transaction announcements are included if you are interested in learning more about the players.

MLS

FC Dallas

Current Week

NO ROSTER ADDITIONS

MLS College SuperDraft

Francis Atuahene     Forward     Michigan     (Round 1-Pick 4-via trade-GA)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/francis-atuahene

Ema Twumasi     Forward     Wake Forest     (Round 1-Pick 10-GA)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/ema-twumasi

Mauro Cichero     Forward     Southern Methodist     (Round 2-Pick 6 via trade)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/mauro-cichero

Chris Lema     Midfielder     Georgetown     (Round 2-Pick 11)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/chris-lema

Amer Sasivarevic     Defender     Grand Canyon     (Round 3-Pick 11)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/amer-sasivarevic%20

Noah Franke     Midfielder     Creighton     (Round 4-Pick 11)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/noah-franke

Since January 1

January 2: Added 31-year old center back Reto Ziegler from FC Luzern/Switzerland  

January 3:  Added 18-year old Homegrown midfielder Brandon Servania (Wake Forest University)

January 10:  Added 22-year old Homegrown center back Kris Reaves (University of Portland)

January 11:  Added 21-year old Homegrown center back Jordan Cano (Southern Methodist University)

Current FC Dallas Roster (28)

11-Homegrown (HG), 10 International (INT), 2 Designated Players (DP), 3 Generation Adidas-1 is Canada GA (GA) (player additions since end of the 2017 season in bold)

Goalkeepers: (2) 

Jesse Gonzalez (HG), Jimmy Maurer.

Defenders: (8)

Reggie Cannon (HG), Jordan Cano (HG), Anibal Chala (INT), Maynor Figueroa (INT), Matt Hedges, Anton Nedyalkov (INT), Kris Reaves (HG), Reto Ziegler (INT).

Midfielders: (10)

Kellyn Acosta (HG), Michael Barrios (INT), Mauro Diaz, Carlos Gruezo (INT) (DP), Jacori Hayes, Ryan Hollingshead, Roland Lamah (INT), Paxton Pomykal (HG), Brandon Servania (HG), Victor Ulloa (HG).

Forwards: (8)

Tesho Akindele, Francis Atuahene (INT) (GA)  Cristian Colman (INT) (DP), Jesus Ferreira (HG), Adonijah Reid (HG), Bryan Reynolds (HG), Ema Twumasi (INT) (GA)  Maxi Urruti.

Houston Dynamo

Current Week

January 16:  Signed 21-year old defender Alejandro Fuenmayor from Carabobo FC/Venezuela

https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2018/01/16/houston-dynamo-sign-venezuelan-defender-alejandro-fuenmayor

January 18:  Re-signed 35-year old defender DaMarcus Beasley

https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2018/01/18/houston-dynamo-re-sign-defender-damarcus-beasley

January 19:  Traded for 28-year old midfielder Darwin Ceren from San Jose Earthquakes for $175K of allocation money

https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2018/01/19/houston-dynamo-acquire-midfielder-darwin-cer-n-san-jose-earthquakes

MLS College SuperDraft

Michael Nelson     Goalkeeper     Southern Methodist     (Round 1-Pick 20)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/michael-nelson

Mac Steeves     Forward     Providence     (Round 2-Pick 20)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/mac-steeves

Pablo Aguilar     Midfielder     Virginia     (Round 3-Pick 13 via trade)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/pablo-aguilar

Sheldon Sullivan     Defender     Virginia     (Round 3-Pick 20)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/sheldon-sullivan

Manny Padilla     Defender     San Francisco     (Round 4-Pick 20)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/manny-padilla

Since January 1

January 9:  Re-signed 31-year old right back AJ DeLaGarza

Current Houston Roster (24)

1-Homegrown (HG), 8-International (INT), 3-Designated Players (DP) (player additions since end of the 2017 season in bold)

Goalkeepers: (1)

Chris Seitz.

Defenders: (9)

DaMarcus Beasley, Alejandro Fuenmayor (INT), AJ DeLaGarza, Kevin Garcia, Leonardo, Adolfo Machado (INT), George Malki, Dylan Remick, Philippe Senderos (INT).

Midfielders: (9)

Eric Alexander, Arturo AlvarezEric Bird, Juan David Cabezas (INT), Darwin Ceren, Oscar Boniek Garcia, Tomas Martinez (INT) (DP), Memo Rodriguez (HG), Charlie Ward (INT).

Forwards: (5)

Alberth Elis (INT) (DP), Mauro Manotas, Romell Quioto (INT), Erick Torres (DP) (DP), Andrew Wenger.

Columbus Crew

Current Week

NO ROSTER ADDITIONS

MLS College SuperDraft

Ben Lundgaard     Goalkeeper     Virginia Tech     (Round 1-Pick 21)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/ben-lundgaard

Edward Opoku     Forward     Virginia     (Round 2-Pick 9 via trade)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/edward-opoku

Jake Rozhansky     Midfielder     Maryland     (Round 2-Pick 21)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/jake-rozhansky

Luis Argudo     Midfielder     Wake Forest     (Round 3-Pick 21)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/luis-argudo

Since January 1

January 9:  Added 21-year old midfielder Eduardo Sosa from Zamora FC/Venezuela

January 11:  Re-signed 24-year old goalkeeper Logan Ketterer

January 12:  Re-signed 27-year old defender Gaston Sauro

Current Columbus Roster (23)

2-Homegrown (HG),  9-International (INT), 3-Designated Players (DP) (player additions since end of the 2017 season in bold)

Goalkeepers: (3)

Jon Kempin, Logan Ketterer, Zack Steffen.

Defenders: (7)

Lalas Abubakar (INT), Harrison Afful (INT), Alex Crognale (HG), Connor Maloney, Jonathan Mensah (INT) (DP), Gaston Sauro, Josh Williams.

Midfielders: (11)

Mohammed Abu (INT), Artur (INT), Mike Grella, Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain (DP), Hector Jimenez, Cristian Martinez (INT), Justin Meram, Pedro Santos (INT) (DP), Eduardo Sosa (INT), Wil Trapp (HG).

Forwards: (2)

Adam Jahn, Ola Kamara (INT).

USL

Rio Grande Valley FC (10)

Current Week

January 18:  Re-signed 24-year old defender Kai Greene and 22-year old defender Omar Ontiveros. 

January 18:  Exercised contract options on 25-year old midfielder Nicolas Perea, midfielder Todd Wharton and 19-year old forward Francisco Pungo.

January 18:  Signed goalkeeper Nico Corti, goalkeeper Matt Sanchez, defender Kyle Adams, defender Conor Donovan and forward Jesus Enriquez.

https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2018/01/18/rgv-fc-adds-10-players-roster-ahead-2018-season

Current Rio Grande Valley Roster (10) (Player additions since end of the 2017 bold)

Goalkeeper: (2)

Nico Corti, Matt Sanchez

Defenders: (4)

Kyle Adams, Conor Donovan, Kai Greene, Omar Ontiveros

Midfielders: (2)

Nicolas Perea, Todd Wharton

Forwards: (2)

Jesus Enriquez, Francisco Pungo

San Antonio FC

Current Week

January 16:  Extended the loan of 26-year old midfielder Omar Gordon

http://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/876359?referrer_id=2436046

January 18:  Re-signed 24-year old midfielder Kris Tyrpak  

http://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/877329?referrer_id=2436046

Since January 1

January 2:  Re-signed 37-year old midfielder Rafa Castillo

January 4:  Re-signed 28-year old midfielder Pecka

January 10:  Completed loan deal for 22-year old midfielder Jose Escalante and signed 19- year old forward Alex Bruce

Current San Antonio Roster (17) (Player additions since end of the 2017 season bold)

Goalkeepers: (2)

Matt Cardone, Diego Restrepo

Defenders: (3)

Greg Cochrane, Cyprian Hedrick, Stephen McCarthy

Midfielders: (8)

Rafa Castillo, Jose Escalante, Omar Gordon, Pecka, Connor Presley, Maxi Rodriquez, Ryan Roushandel, Kris Tyrpak

Forwards: (4)

Alex Bruce, Cesar Elizando, Ever Guzman, Mike Seth

NWSL

Houston Dash

Since January 1:

January 12:  Traded for forward Savannah Jordan from Portland Thorns for midfielder Andressinha.

https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2018/01/12/houston-dash-acquire-savannah-jordan-portland-thorns-fc

January 16:  Traded for forward Lindsay Agnew (and a draft pick) from Washington Spirit for a draft pick

https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2018/01/16/houston-dash-acquire-lindsay-agnew-draft-pick-washington-spirit

January 18:  Traded for forward Christen Press, a draft pick and an international slot from Chicago Red Stars for midfielder Carli Lloyd, forward Janine Beckie and draft picks

https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2018/01/19/houston-dash-acquire-us-women-s-national-team-star-christen-press-chicago-red-stars

NWSL College Draft

Haley Hanson     Midfielder     Nebraska     (Round 1-Pick 7)

Kimberly Keever  Forward       Washington     (Round 2-Pick 2)

Veronica Latsko    Midfielder    Virginia     (Round 3-Pick 8)

Abby Elinsky     Midfielder     North Carolina     (Round 3-Pick 10)

Sarah Shimer     Goalkeeper     Washington     (Round 4-Pick 3)

Current Houston Roster (20) (Player additions since end of the 2017 season bold)

Goalkeepers: (2)

Jane Campbell, Bianca Henninger

Defenders: (8)

Bruna Benites (INT), Meghan Cox, Clair Falknor, Camille Levin, Poliana (INT), Cami Privett, Cari Roccaro, Janine van Wyk (INT)

Midfielders: (3)

Amber Brooks, Caity Heap, Kristie Mewis

Forwards: (7)

Lindsay Agnew, Rachel Daly (INT), Sarah Hagen, Savannah Jordan, Kealia Ohai, Christen Press, Nichele Prince

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