Fulfilling the promise of last month’s MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Houston Dynamo announced on Friday the signing of Tommy McNamara — who they selected in the draft’s second stage to get exclusive rights to negotiate contract terms with him for the 2019 season.
According to a release issued by the club, McNamara becomes the 24th signing for the Dynamo for the upcoming campaign. It continues the club’s momentum of the last few weeks, which includes two new impact signings — Argentine defensive midfielder Matias Vera and Slovenian international defender Aljaz Struna — as well as bringing back veteran defender and team captain DaMarcus Beasley.
The 27-year-old midfielder has logged 92 career appearances in MLS regular-season play with 72 starts. After starting in six matches for Chivas USA as a rookie, McNamara joined New York City FC via the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft, where he remained until the end of the 2018 season. McNamara’s five goal, nine assist season in 2016 — his high-water mark in both categories to date — helped propel NYCFC to first of three straight playoff appearances.
The signing is a reunion of sorts for McNamara and Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera — Cabrera was at the helm of Chivas USA in its final season, and as he noted, “I had the opportunity to select Tommy in the draft in 2014 because he was a very smart and talented player. He is even more mature now and we believe he can make a positive impact with the Dynamo. We also think his professionalism and dedication will be a great addition to our locker room.”
“Tommy joins our club in the prime of his career with a strong desire to contribute to the success of the Houston Dynamo,” added Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “His strong mentality, high soccer IQ, and ability to play a variety of positions in the attacking third will strengthen our group as we prepare for a busy 2019.”