Once the 2014 season is underway, the Dynamo will have a team they can send their young players to develop. Earlier today, the Houston Dynamo and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL Pro came to an agreement that will allow the Dynamo to send a minimum of four players to the Riverhounds for the 2014 USL Pro season.
Head coach Dominic Kinnear likes the idea of the new partnership. “I think it is a positive that we are moving ahead with our younger players. They come back to our team as better players and we think this will be a good relationship,” Kinnear said.
Dynamo President Chris Canetti shared similar feelings.
They’ve got a good ownership structure and a good front office and a great stadium in a great location. We like the message that we’ve heard from the front office and the technical staff and overall felt like it’s a good fit and a great place to send our players to develop. We’re not going to dictate to them how to play or who to play. It’s their team. [Our players] will have to go there and earn spots in the team and play. They’ll have to earn their minutes there as well.”
The MLS and USL Pro leagues entered a multi-year affiliation in 2012. The Dynamo are now the fifth club with an affiliation between the two leagues joining the Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, Sporting KC, and D.C. United.
MLS also announced their 2014 schedule on Monday. The Dynamo will open their season against the New England Revolution on March 8th at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo will play 17 games at home and finish the season at home against the Revolution on October 16th. The final regular season game will be on the road against the Chicago Fire on October 24th.
For more information on the Houston Dynamo schedule click here.
The Brian Ching Testimonial Match is scheduled for December 13th at BBVA Compass Stadium.
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