Driver practices with Dynamo for first time

Driver practices with Dynamo for first time
March 2, 2013, 12:45 am
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In 2009, Andrew Driver was one of European soccer’s rising stars. That summer he played for the England Under-21 team that reached the finals of European Championship. His club, Hearts of the Scottish Premier League, reportedly valued the young winger at four million pounds.

A serious knee injury followed by disagreements with Hearts manager Paolo Sergio derailed Driver’s momentum, but on Friday – following his first practice with the Houston Dynamo – the 25-year-old sounded like a player on the cusp of re-launching his career.

“I can come and enhance my career in MLS,” said Driver, who lauded the Dynamo facilities after his debut training session.  “It’s a totally fresh start for me and I’m looking forward to it.”

Though Driver is unlikely to see time in Houston’s opener Saturday – he arrived in the Bayou City Thursday night and is still fighting jet lag – his pedigree suggests the Dynamo have landed an impact player.  Four years ago, Driver was reportedly pursued by multiple EPL teams as well as FC Twente of the Dutch Eredivisie.  Back then, the rising star may not have seen MLS as a viable option. 

Times have changed.

 The reputation of MLS say eight years ago was as if it was a retirement league,” Driver acknowledged.  “But it has really - over the last few years - started to improve and there’s actually a buzz around it with the amount of people coming to Europe from MLS.”

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