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Houston Dynamo sign defender Teenage Hadebe, ink Tim Parker to new contract


The Houston Dynamo have acquired center back Teenage Hadebe from Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor, pending a physical, the club announced Tuesday. Houston also signed center back Tim Parker to a new three-year contract.

New majority owner and chairman Ted Segal revealed the news at an introductory press conference on Tuesday.

“Tim has solidified himself within our group from day one, both on and off the field through his performances, strong character and leadership ability,” Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan said in a club statement. “Tim is in the prime of his career and we couldn’t be happier that he has chosen to be a part of our club and what we are building in Houston as a foundational piece of our group for years to come.” 

Parker, 28, arrived in an offseason trade with the New York Red Bulls and has started all nine games this season for Houston. He made his MLS debut with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2015 before joining the Red Bulls in 2018. He has made 164 appearances between the three clubs.

“Tim was the first player we went after at the end of last season as we looked to improve and rebuild,” head coach Tab Ramos said. “His professional winning character has already made us better on-and-off the field. We are excited that he has accepted to continue to grow with the club and with the city of Houston.”

Hadebe, 25, is a Zimbabwean international with four goals in 29 caps. During his two seasons at Malatyaspor he was a key player, making 60 appearances. Prior to his time in Turkey, Hadebe starred for South African side Kaizer Chiefs in 2019. He can also play left back.

Hadebe is expected to be Ramos’ first choice partner for Parker, who was rewarded with a contract extension during his first season in Houston.

Houston are next in action on Wednesday against the Portland Timbers.