It's January, which means its that time of year when MLS players who are out of contract get the chance to seek out new work in Europe. Many of those MLS players are unable to get a contract in Europe, so they come back to MLS, but some of them get the opportunity to stay in Europe, and this year defender André Hainault is staying in Europe.
It was announced yesterday that Hainault has signed a deal with Ross County in the Scottish Premier League. While the SPL has lost a lot of its luster over the years and while Ross County was only promoted to the SPL last season and currently sits above only Dundee on the table, the reality is that not only will he make a bit more money in the SPL and get more playing time, he will also be in a position to get the attention of more scouts from England.
This is not the 26 year old Canadian's first time with a European club, before coming to the Dynamo in 2009, he was at FK Baník Most and AC Sparta Praha, both in the Czech Republic.
Although he was the Dynamo Defender of the year in 2011 and although he scored some very crucial goals for the Dynamo, Hainault saw his playing time decrease in 2012 while Jermaine Taylor and Kofi Sarkodie saw more playing time on the back line this past season. Hainault's departure will have a negative impact on the Dynamo, who tried to resign him during and after the 2012 season, since he gave much needed depth to the Dynamo's back line. As followers of MLS know, depth is a much treasured resource by MLS clubs, especially when that depth consists of players with as much skill as Hainault.