Texas MLS, USL and NWSL roster updates and week of February 11th schedule (fifth 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 during the preseason.  Though they are not a Texas team, I am tracking Columbus Crew due to the announced potential move to Austin in 2019.

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.  Roster rules will be relaxed in 2018 to allow non-retired Boston Breakers players selected in the January 30 Dispersal Draft to not count against roster limits.

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.

Next week activities (February 10-17):

  • FC Dallas FC hosts San Antonio FC at Toyota Soccer Center on Sunday.  The team then departs for the Mobile Mini Sun Cup in Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday.  FC Dallas will play the New England Revolution on Wednesday.  Players not seeing time in the first match against New England will play versus the Revolution Reserves on Thursday.  The final match in Tucson is against the Portland Timbers next Saturday.
  • Houston Dynamo will play an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, February 10 in Houston before also traveling to Tucson to compete in the Mobile Mini Cup.  On Wednesday the Dynamo will play Portland Timbers and the New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening, February 17.
  • Columbus Crew play for third place in the Pacific Rim Cup against Japanese side Iwaki FC at 8 p.m. CST on Saturday, February 10.  After returning from Hawaii, the Crew have a short-turnaround before they travel to Charleston, SC to take part in the Carolina Challenge Cup.  Their first match in this tournament will be Saturday evening, February 17 against Atlanta United.
  • San Antonio FC travels north to play FC Dallas on Sunday and then also heads to Tucson for the Mobile Mini Cup to play a single match against New England Revolution on Saturday, February 17.
  • Rio Grande Valley FC will play a preseason match against UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, February 10.  No further preseason details have been announced.
  • Houston Dash begin camp on February 19 and play their first preseason match against the Dynamo Academy on March 18


FC Dallas

Current Week


Previous Week

January 30:  FC Dallas traded its No. 1 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking to Orlando City SC for $400,000 of Targeted Allocation Money and the Lions’ No. 6 position in the allocation process

January 30:  Ecuadorian left back Anibal Chala will remain with Ecuadorian Serie A side L.D.U. Quito on loan throughout the 2018 season

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

11-Homegrown (HG), 9 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) (LOANED), 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

February 7:  Re-signed goalkeeper Joe Willis


Previous Week


Current Houston Roster (24)  (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: (2)

Chris Seitz, Joe Willis

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


Previous Week

January 29:  Acquired more than $1 Million ($1,050,000) in Allocation Money as well as an international roster slot for the 2019 MLS season from Orlando City SC in exchange for midfielder Justin Meram 

February 2:  Signed 34-year old midfielder Ricardo Clark (previously at Houston Dynamo)

Current Columbus Roster (26)  (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), Ricardo Clark, 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


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

February 6:  Signed defender Darnell King (previously with Tampa Bay/USL).  Mutually agreed to part ways with defender-midfielder Mark O’Ojong so that he can tend to personal matters in Cameroon.


Previous Week


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, Darnell King, Stephen McCarthy

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

February 6:  Acquired the Orlando Pride’s natural second-round draft pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft for the rights of defender Poliana.

Previous Week

January 29:  Re-sign forward Kealia Ohai

January 30:  Obtained rights to forward Kyah Simon and selected midfielder Lotta Okvist and goalkeeper Sammy Joe Prudhomme in the NWSL Dispersal Draft of former Boston Breakers players

January 31:  Signed midfielders Michaela Hahn (Apollon Ladies F.C./CY) and Alison Wetherington (Univ. of Portland)  

February 1:  Signed midfielder Linda Motlhalo (JVW F.C./SA)

February 2:  Re-signed goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, defender Cami Privett and midfielder Caity Heap.  Announced retirements of Sarah Hagen and Meghan Cox

Current Dash Roster (22) (Player additions since end of the 2017 season bold)

Goalkeepers: (3)

Jane Campbell, Bianca Henninger, Sammy Joe Prudhomme

Defenders: (7)

Bruna Benites (INT), Amber Brooks, Clair Falknor, Lotta Okvist (INT), Cami Privett, Alison Wetherington, Janine van Wyk (INT)

Midfielders: (5)

Amber Brooks, Michaela Hahn, Caity Heap, Kristie Mewis, Linda Motlhalo (INT)

Forwards: (7)

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

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