HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Palermo and signed using Targeted Allocation Money on Dec. 24, 2018.
Struna is an experienced center back who should bring leadership to Houston's backline in 2019.
INTERNATIONAL: Struna has earned 12 caps for the Slovenian national team, including six starts for his country during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. He first represented his country at the Under-21 level six times from 2009-11 before making his full international debut on March 23, 2016 against Macedonia. His most recent appearance at the international level came on Nov. 16 in a UEFA Nations League match against Norway where he started and played all 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw.
OUTSIDE MLS: The 28-year-old has made more than 200 career professional appearances across all competitions and brings experience at the highest levels of the club game, including the Italian Serie A and in the UEFA Champions League. A vocal leader in the back, Struna has worn the captain’s armband on multiple occasions for Palermo and with previous clubs.