Dynamo Notebook: Watson talks back on track

HOUSTON – The Houston
Dynamo may very well get their man in the end.

After
negotiations fell apart earlier this year with Jamaican national team starter
JeVaughn Watson, talks have since reopened after the player hired new
representatives who are working with the Dynamo on the framework of a deal.

“We’re
continuing to carry on conversations with [Watson’s representatives] and are
working to get a deal done,” said Dynamo president of business operations Chris
Canetti.

Watson
trialed with Houston in the preseason, appearing in four matches against
Houston Baptist University, FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew. The
central midfielder was active on the pitch and impressed Dynamo head coach
Dominic Kinnear enough to prompt the club to enter into negotiations to bring
him to Houston.

However, at the
time his representatives were asking for Designated Player money, which
effectively ended the Dynamo’s pursuit of the Jamaican midfielder.

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The switch
to a new agent has meant the two sides were able to reengage in contract
discussions. The Dynamo
are clearly not done looking for players who can help right now.

“We think we
had a good offseason but we’ve acknowledged that we’re not the finished
product,” Canetti said. “We think the back line has been solidified with the
additions we made there and we’re still out there looking for players who can
help us on the attacking side.”

Bolton Talks Back On

The Watson
negotiations are not the only ones that have been revived recently.

Although it
was initially believed that a match against EPL side Bolton was no longer a possibility
following the season-ending injury to former Dynamo and current US national
team midfielder Stuart Holden, it turns out that there’s been a change of
heart.

Canetti
confirmed that the team is still in negotiations as they attempt to gauge whether
Holden could recover in time for the match.

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Houston also consulted with fans about the level of interest in a match that did not
feature Holden. Canetti sought the opinions by meeting with the new Dynamo fan
advisory board this week.

“Players
count when it comes to international matches,” Canetti said. “So we had a
teleconference with the fan advisory board and they were still in favor of it.”

Canetti is
hoping to come to a decision on the match by the end of the week although the
Dynamo are also in talks with other EPL clubs including Everton (featuring US
goalkeeper Tim Howard) and Fulham (two potentials draws: Nacogdoches, Texas,
native Clint Dempsey and Mexican international Carlos Salcido).

Defender Taylor Injured

Dynamo center
back Jermaine Taylor left Jamaica’s 2-0 loss to Venezuela early due to a leg
injury. Taylor is headed back to Houston and will be evaluated by the team
doctors on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s match at New York.

“We know
it’s a leg injury of some sort,” Canetti said on Tuesday. “We’re not sure if
it’s a foot or ankle injury but he’s on his way to Houston and will be
evaluated by our doctors.”

Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo for
MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on twitter at @Dynamoexaminer


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