The Houston Dynamo has signed Matias Vera, an Argentine defensive midfielder, who transferred from Argentina Premier League team San Lorenzo.
The club announced on Friday that Vera is the latest Dynamo player following the MLS trend — that the Dynamo has help set — of deploying young South American talent. The move was characterized by head coach Wilmer Cabrera of helping develop squad depth for the three competitions, including the Concacaf Champions League, that the Dynamo will play in during 2019.
“We are excited to sign Matías because he will help us improve and will give us balance in the team,” Cabrera said in a press release issued by the team on Friday. “He is a natural ball winner in the midfield who is also young and a very talented distributor of the ball in the middle of the field. With Matias, we have someone who will create depth and competition in the middle.”
Cabrera indicated that Vera would likely platoon with Juan David Cabezas, who battled injuries during the 2018 season, in a key role playing just head of the Dynamo’s back four.
In the same release, Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan noted that Vera’s age (23), experience (over 100 professional games played to date), and talent will allow him to contribute. “We’ve tracked as a staff for quite some time and feel will fit a very specific role within our group in the defensive midfield position,” Jordan noted. “We are confident his strong mentality and quality as a player will contribute to the success of our team moving forward.”
Vera played throughout 2018 with O’Higgins, a squad in Chile’s first division, the Campeonato Nacional. He was loaned there immediately after San Lorenzo acquired him from Nueva Chicago, where he played his first three professional seasons starting in 2015.
The deal will be completed as a full transfer from San Lorenzo using Targeted Allocation Money, pending receipt of Vera’s ITC and P-1 Visa and a completed medical.