Texas MLS, USL and NWSL roster updates and week of January 28 schedule (third edition)

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 began this week but the rosters for the Dynamo, FC Dallas and Columbus Crew are still being created.  Though they are not a Texas team, I am tracking Columbus Crew due to the announced potential move to Austin in 2019.  USL rosters are still in flux as the season begins a few weeks after MLS.

Next week activities:

  • The Dynamo head to the Rio Grande Valley to train with their USL hybrid affiliate RGV FC, who begin training Monday, and play exhibition games against UT-Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday and RGV FC on Friday.
  • FC Dallas trains in Frisco early in the week and then will play Chattanooga FC in Tennessee on Saturday, February 3rd.
  • The Crew are in Casa Grande, AZ where they will they will train until February 6, before heading to Hawaii to compete in the inaugural Pacific Rim Cup.
  • San Antonio FC begins preseason training Monday.
  • The Houston Dash begin camp on February 19 and play their first preseason match against the Dynamo Academy on March 18.

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.


FC Dallas

Current Week


Previous Week


Current FC Dallas Roster (28)  (Player additions since end of the 2017 bold) 

11-Homegrown (HG), 10 International (INT), 2 Designated Players (DP), 3 Generation Adidas (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 25:  Transferred forward Erick Torres to Liga MX club Pumas UNAM


Previous Week

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

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

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

Current Houston Roster (23)  (Player additions since end of the 2017 bold)

1-Homegrown (HG), 7-International (INT), 2-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: (4)

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

Columbus Crew

Current Week

January 26:  Signed defender Milton Valenzuela on loan (w/purchase option) as a Young Designated Player (DP) from Newell’s Old Boys/ARG.  Used Targeted Acquisition money to buy down contract of defender Jonathan Mensah to open DP slot. 


Previous Week

January 19:  Selected University of Virginia and Generation Adidas forward Edward Opoko with the ninth pick in the Second Round (32nd overall) of the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft

January 20:  Acquired forward Gyasi Zardes from the LA Galaxy in exchange for forward Ola Kamara and $400,000 (additional $100,000 if Kamara scores 12 or more goals in 2018) in Targeted Allocation Money 

Current Columbus Roster (25)  (Player additions since end of the 2017 bold)

2-Homegrown (HG),  9-International (INT), 3-Designated Players (DP) 1 Generation Adidas (GA) (player additions since end of the 2017 season in bold)

Goalkeepers: (3)

Jon Kempin, Logan Ketterer, Zack Steffen.

Defenders: (8)

Lalas Abubakar (INT), Harrison Afful (INT), Alex Crognale (HG), Connor Maloney, Jonathan Mensah (INT) (DP), Gaston Sauro, Milton Valenzuela (INT) (DP), 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: (3)

Adam Jahn, Edward Opoku (GA)Gyasi Zardes


Rio Grande Valley FC

Current Week


Previous 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.

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 26:  Signed midfielder Mikey Lopez (previously at New York City FC/MLS)


January 26:  Re-signed re-signed defender-midfielder Mark O’Ojong and goalkeeper Lee Johnston


Previous Week

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

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

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

Goalkeepers: (3)

Matt Cardone, Lee Johnston, Diego Restrepo

Defenders: (4)

Greg Cochrane, Cyprian Hedrick, Stephen McCarthy, Mark O’Ojong

Midfielders: (9)

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

Forwards: (4)

Alex Bruce, Cesar Elizando, Ever Guzman, Mike Seth


Houston Dash

Current Week

January 25:  Resigned defender Amber Brooks


Previous Week

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

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

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

Goalkeepers: (2)

Jane Campbell, Bianca Henninger

Defenders: (9)

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

Midfielders: (2)

Caity Heap, Kristie Mewis

Forwards: (7)

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s