The Houston Dynamo further strengthened their goalkeeping corps Friday by signing Cody Cropper.
Cropper last played for the New England Revolution, where he started sporadically between 2016-19 after stints in England with Southampton and Milton Keynes Dons. The Dynamo, who also purchased Croatian shot-stopper Marko Marič from German Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim two weeks ago, didn’t release contract information for Cropper’s transfer. A source told Pro Soccer USA it’s a three-year deal.
The move re-unites Cropper with Houston coach Tab Ramos, who is entering his first season at the helm of a club team after two managerial stints with the United States U-20 men’s national team — once as an assistant, from 2009-11 and then as head coach from 2011-19.
Cropper represented the U-20 national team at the 2011 and 2013 Concacaf U-20 Championships and at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he started all three of the United States’ group matches.
“Cody brings valuable MLS, European and national team experience that will strengthen our goalkeeping corps and the squad as a whole as we prepare for the upcoming season,” Dynamo senior vice president and general manager Matt Jordan said in a prepared statement. “We believe that creating competition at every position on the roster is vital to a team’s success, and we are confident that Cody will continue to develop under our staff to help push us toward our goals for this season.”
Cropper was born in Atlanta and lived in Minnesota before moving to England in 2010. After rising through the Ipswich Town and Southampton systems, he moved to MK Dons, where he played in nine competitive matches.
He signed with New England in 2016 and appeared in 36 regular season games, but never asserted himself as a starter. After the club hired Bruce Arena as head coach/sporting director last May, Cropper went on loan to Hartford Athletic in the USL Championship, though he continued training with the Revolution.
Cropper had interest in recent months from Nashville SC and Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08 FF, but ultimately spent most of the MLS offseason training in Minnesota.