HOW ACQUIRED: Acquired on a permanent transfer from Caracas FC on July 5, 2018 using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
The 6-foot-1 Peña, who has already collected extensive experience with Venezuela's youth national teams and with professional sides in Spain, Portugal and his native Venezuela, already scored his first MLS goal in just two appearances in 2018. He expects to see added minutes in 2019.
OUTSIDE MLS: Before arriving in Houston, Peña played on loan for Portuguese club Moreirense FC in that nation's top flight Primeira Liga, scoring three goals in 25 appearances during the 2017-'18 season. He debuted with the Caracas FC senior team in 2014 and was loaned out to Venezuelan side Portuguesa (2014-'15) and Spanish club Las Palmas (2015-'17).
INTERNATIONAL: Played for Venezuela's Under-17 and Under-20 national team ... He starred for the U-20 team in its historic run to the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup final, playing in all seven matches for La Vinotinto and scoring their first goal in the tournament in a 2-0 win over Germany ... He helped lead Venezuela's Under-20 team to a third-place finish in the 2017 South American Under-20 Championship ... He also started all nine matches of the 2013 South American Under-17 Championship, leading the team to a runner-up finish.