Less than two weeks from the start of the regular season, and the Houston Dynamo are still making adjustments to their opening-day roster.
Early Tuesday afternoon, the Dynamo announced a trade sending midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson to FC Dallas in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. The Jamaican started 13 times last year for Houston, but did not play during the club’s playoff run and figured to be a long shot for match time in Dominic Kinnear’s crowded midfield.
The trade opens up an international roster spot, one that could aide in another potential move first reported by European outlets early Tuesday morning.
According to multiple reports, the Dynamo are in late stage talks to bring English-born midfielder Andrew Driver in on a loan deal. Driver has played with Scottish side Hearts since 2006, when he debuted as a teenager. After a stellar campaign in 2008-2009, the speedy left-footed winger was linked to larger clubs – but separate deals with FC Twente (Holland) and Burnley (England) each reportedly failed to materialize.
Houston President Chris Canetti confirmed his club’s interest in Driver to Darrell Lovell of MLSsoccer.com.
Later Tuesday, Hearts announced Driver’s departure in an article on their website. According to BBC Scotland, Driver’s agent – Scott Fisher - is calling the deal “done”.