Dynamo sign Bryan Salazar
Bryan Salazar isn’t the first homegrown signing in Houston Dynamo history, but he may be the most significant.
Six years to the day after the Dynamo held its first academy training session, Salazar became the first player to climb the entirety of the club’s youth development ranks. The Fort Bend Bush High School senior joined the academy as a12-year-old, and Thursday – at just 18 years of age – inked his professional contract.
“I want to thank [Dominic Kinnear] for giving me this opportunity,” said Salazar, who was a ball boy during Dynamo games at Robertson Stadium. “I look forward to being coached by him and I look forward to him making me a better player.”
Salazar’s inclusion into the first team won’t be an overnight occurrence. He’ll train with the Dynamo on weekends and during spring break as he finishes his high school education over the coming months. Salazar is scheduled to graduate from Ft. Bend Bush on June 7 – and will join the club on a full-time basis after that.
“With the ball at his feet he can run at defenders, back people up and cause problems,” Kinnear said of Salazar, who - as an attack-minded winger - could fit nicely into the Dynamo’s 4-3-3 formation down the road. “If you look at his numbers with the academy, he is a productive player with goals and assists.”
“It’s a point of differentiation between us and other soccer clubs in the area,” Dynamo President Chris Canetti responded when asked about what the signing meant for the club’s youth development efforts. “We’ve always said we have the path to the pros. We’ve got the eyes of one of the great American soccer coaches in Dom, and these young players are getting in reserve games. There’s plenty of opportunity to be exposed to pro players. What we are offering these kids is really the best platform to develop.”