The Houston Dynamo continued their winning streak in the preseason on Tuesday, defeating RGV FC Toros 2-1 in a scrimmage at Houston Sports Park. Two new arrivals to the squad, Tommy McNamara and Marlon Hairston, provided the tying and winning goals in the full-90 scrimmage.
Midfielder Tommy McNamara, the former NYCFC player acquired by the Dynamo in the MLS Re-Entry Draft, tied the scrimmage four minutes into the second half after drawing a penalty kick. Though his attempt was saved by Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis, playing for the Dynamo’s USL Championship affiliate for the scrimmage, the rebound fell back to him and he finished with a far-post shot.
The Dynamo took the lead in the 88th minute, playing a corner kick that eventually found Hairston, who arrived from the Colorado Rapids earlier this month as part of a newly-reconstituted team with a number of defensive changes. The team will move on to play a tournament in Tuscon next week, giving players action against three different MLS sides before they begin Concacaf Champions League play.
The Dynamo then announced a victory of sorts later Tuesday, with two key players from last year’s team, defensive midfielder Juan David Cabezas and midfielder Tomas Martinez, granted green cards by the U.S. government. Officially referred to as a permanent resident card, it grants an individual authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.
As a result of receiving their green cards, Cabezas and Martínez will be designated as domestic players by Major League Soccer and will no longer occupy international slots on the Dynamo roster. Cabezas and Martínez have joined three other players on the Dynamo roster — forward Mauro Manotas and midfielders Darwin Cerén and Boniek García — as permanent residents.
The Dynamo now have six international players on their roster: forward Alberth Elis (Honduras), defender Alejandro Fuenmayor (Venezuela), defender Adam Lundkvist (Sweden), forward Ronaldo Peña (Venezuela), defender Aljaz Struna (Slovenia) and midfielder Matías Vera (Argentina), with the latter two being key offseason pickups.