Friday, January 18, 2013

Houston Dynamo Draft Forward & Defender at 2013 SuperDraft

MLS held its 2013 SuperDraft in Indianapolis on Thursday January 17th, and the Houston Dynamo used the draft to cushion its depth on the front and back lines.

In the first round, with the 13th overall pick, the Dynamo drafted Jason Johnson, a Jamaican native who played froward at Virginia Commonwealth University. Johnson received his first cap with the Jamaican national team in February of 2010 against Argentina.

Johnson shouldn't be too homesick when he joins the Dynamo since the squad already boasts three other Jamaican players: Jermaine Taylor, Je-Vaughn Watson, and Omar Cummings.

In the second round, with the 37th overall pick, the Dynamo drafted defender Jimmy Nealis. The New York native picked up six assists for Georgetown in 2012. At 6 feet, Nealis brings some needed height to the Dynamo's defense.

The recent loss of André Hainault to the Scottish Premier League means that Nealis will have a good shot at earning some playing time this season.

While Dynamo Coach Dominic Kinnear expressed favorable opinions on how Johnson and Nealis performed at the combine, Kinnear and the Dynamo maintained the tradition of trying to draft Generation Adidas players, with both Johnson and Nealis being classified as Generation Adidas for salary cap purposes.

The Dynamo begin their preseason camp this coming Monday and then begin the 2013 MLS season by hosting D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday March 2nd.

Dynamo full-season ticket packages start at $400 and include 20 home games. The club is also offering a new Family Season Ticket Package for the 2013 season. For every full price adult season ticket purchased for $400, fans can purchase an additional season ticket for a child 10 years or younger for just $200, located in the Texas Children’s Health Plan Family Section (Section 201). To purchase your package or for more information on 2013 season tickets, call (713) 276-GOAL.

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