Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Houston gets wandering backup keeper

The Dynamo might still have some issues on attack, but they have filled a hole on defense. Since trading Zach wells to DC United for Bobby Boswell, Houston has been in need of a backup goalkeeper for Pat Onstad. After looking around, they have found one in Scotland.

Tony Caig has signed with the Dynamo after spending the last four months with Gretna of the Scottish Premier League. Prior to his time with Gretna, he played a little over a year with the USL's Vancouver Whitecaps where he earned 11 clean sheets in 2006.

Caig seems to have some good talent, but other then his time with the Whitecaps, the 33 year-old really hasn't played much since 2001. During three years with Newcastle (2003-06), he did not earn a single cap with the club (he was loaned up for part of a season, but only earned 3 caps then. In total, since 2001, he has appeared just 64 times for six different teams.

This is a bit of a gamble as he will probably see some serious action during Houston's long season, however, Dominic Kinnear is a magnificent coach with an eye for unpolished talent, so the benefit of the doubt is definitely his.

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