As expected, the Houston Dynamo have acquired English-born midfielder Andrew Driver on a loan deal.
He has played with the Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian F.C. since 2006 when he debuted as a teenager. The signing is pending the receipt of Driver’s P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
The 25-year-old made 168 appearances and scored 19 goals in seven seasons with Hearts. Driver, a speedy left-footed 5-foot-10 winger, is known as a wide player versatile enough to play on the left or right side of the field and will add depth to a midfield that includes Brad Davis, Boniek Garcia, Ricardo Clark, Adam Moffat, Luiz Camargo and Giles Barnes.
“Andrew is good at taking people on, he crosses a good ball and can take set pieces,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “He is a hard-working player and I think he will definitely fit in with the team. He has a good attitude on the field and is versatile. He can play on the left or right side of midfield.”
“I am very excited about the opportunity to come and play for the Dynamo,” Driver said. “I have followed MLS over the years and Houston has stood out as one of the top teams. I know a lot of success has been because of the work of Dominic Kinnear, so I am delighted to have the chance to learn from him and improve as a player under him.”
Driver moved to Edinburgh, Scotland at age 11 and joined the Hearts Academy. He played with the English U21 national team at the 2009 European Championships and is now eligible to play for the Scottish national team. Alongside Barnes, Driver becomes the second player from the UK to join the club in the past year. Barnes signed with the Dynamo on Aug. 29, 2012 after playing at Doncaster.
“It’s always exciting to add a young international player with talent and experience,” said Dynamo President Chris Canetti. “Andrew will add valuable depth to the squad at a time when we are set to face a heavy load of games between MLS and Champions League.
The Dynamo open the 2013 season on Saturday, March 2 when they host D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship.