HOUSTON – Houston Dynamo legend Ricardo Clark, will return to Houston to sign a one-day contract with the team Wednesday, allowing him to officially retire as a member of the Dynamo.
Due to his tenacity and leadership, Clark became an immediate fan-favorite and has remained in Dynamo fans’ hearts.
The midfielder ends his Dynamo career ranked second in club history in games played (304), games started (286) and minutes played (25,319) in all competitions for the Dynamo.
Clark was part of the original Houston Dynamo team when the San Jose Earthquakes relocated to Houston in 2006. The midfielder was a key element in helping La Naranja reach back-to-back championships in the first two years of the team in Texas territory.
After three years in Europe, Clark returned to the Dynamo and won the club’s Player’s Player of the Year award in 2013 and again in 2015. He was also named the club’s Most Valuable Player and the Humanitarian of the Year for his work with Positive Passes.
Clark helped the Dynamo reach the Western Conference final in 2017 in his final season with the club before leaving to Columbus Crew, where he spent the last three seasons. He was selected No. 2 overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the MetroStars.
Clark made 34 appearances with the US men’s national team, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He scored three international goals. He made his USMNT debut in 2005 and two years later competed in both the Concacaf Gold Cup and Copa America.
Since being out of contract following the 2019 season, Clark has become a coach in the Dynamo’s academy.