Houston Dynamo potential transfer targets: Goaltenders
It’s only a matter of time before the Houston Dynamo announce their year-end roster ahead of the 2023 MLS season. The team will have holes in each group of positions to fill during the winter off-season as well as the summer transfer window. Today, we’re going to go over a few potential candidates who could strengthen the Guardian squad.
Let me start by saying that Steve Clark is set to be Dynamo’s starting goalkeeper unless something drastic happens before the start of the season. Clark was brought in to be a key part of general manager Pat Onstad’s plan to get Houston back on its winning ways. Obviously, there is still a lot of work to be done, but Steve has put in great performances in every game, making him one of the top 10 goalkeepers in the league. When the season begins next year, Clark will be 37. Yes, we know goaltenders can play up to near 50, but can you count on a veteran to perform at a high level and be the goaltender of the future that awaits us in Houston? That being said, here are a few players who could learn from Clark’s leadership and intensify the competition between the sticks for the Dynamo.
Richard Sanchez – United States, 28 years old
Richard is currently with LA Galaxy, which recently exited the MLS Playoffs after losing to rivals LAFC. Sanchez is 3rd on the depth chart behind starting keeper Jonathan Bond and backup Jonathan Klinsmann. Although he hasn’t been able to find a starting role since his playing time with Chicago Fire, Richard has an upside to improve or at least push for the backup job next season. He also wouldn’t breach the salary cap or take an international spot. It would be the kind of move that would provide breathing room for other needs around the team. Richard is set to be a free agent, but the Galaxy hold a club option to bring him back for one more year.
James Pantemis – Canadian, 25
James Pantemis is another player who could be drafted into the MLS free agent roster. The Canadian has started many games for Montreal lately. There’s a good chance the club will choose their option for another year, but anything can happen. Pantemis has a major advantage and would increase competition within the goalkeeping group for Dynamo. James’ arrival would be tricky as there is some uncertainty over whether or not he will hold an international spot. As we know, international slot machines are quite valuable.
Josh Cohen – USA, 30
Okay, Josh Cohen, is a little off the beaten path, but bear with me here. Josh is an American player who has never played in Major League Soccer. He spent time in the USL Championship with teams like Phoenix Rising and Sacramento Republic. In 2019 Sacramento Republic and Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League agreed a transfer for Cohen. Since joining the Israeli club, James has enjoyed a ton of success. He helped the club win back-to-back titles in 20/21 and 21/22 after a 10-year drought. He added a few more cup titles and even won the Israeli Footballer of the Year award for the 2020/2021 season. Josh Cohen and the club are currently playing UEFA Champions League matches against PSG, Benfica and Juventus. Getting a player like him would make a statement for the future of the club.