The Houston Dynamo announced today the club has agreed to new contracts with midfielder Giles Barnes, forward Will Bruin and goalkeeper Tyler Deric. Per club and league policy, terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
Each of the three veterans has spent four or more seasons with the Dynamo and the trio combined for 87 starts last regular season.
“We’re pleased to have come to new agreements with Giles, Will and Tyler,” Dynamo vice president/general manager Matt Jordan said. “All three players are entering the prime of their careers and are eager to contribute to the success of the team as we build towards 2016.”
“We are delighted that we have secured the lads’ future with the Dynamo,” head coach Owen Coyle said. “They are all young, talented and fully committed to improving individually and collectively as a team.”
Bruin, 26, won his second career Dynamo Golden Boot with 11 regular-season goals in 2015 and is the first player in Dynamo history to score 10 or more goals in three seasons (2012, 2014, and 2015). Bruin leads all active MLS players age 26 and under with 46 career regular-season goals and ranks 53rd on the league’s all-time chart. The St. Louis native is second on the Dynamo all-time scoring list with 53 career goals in all competitions. The durable striker has averaged 29.4 appearances and 26.8 starts per season since entering MLS in 2011.
Barnes broke into the Jamaica national team with three goals in 14 appearances after making his debut with the Reggae Boyz in March. The attacking midfielder tallied seven goals and three assists in 28 appearances in 2015. Barnes had a fast start to the season, with six goals and an assist in his first 11 appearances, before nine games with Jamaica at the Copa America and Gold Cup disrupted his season.
The London native won the Dynamo Golden Boot in 2013 and 2014 and added Ironman of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year in 2014. The 27-year-old has averaged 31.33 regular-season starts in each of his three full seasons with the Dynamo.
Deric, the first Homegrown Player to sign from the Dynamo Academy, made 31 starts in his first season as the starting goalkeeper in 2015. The 27-year-old recorded seven shutouts and made 89 saves, eighth-most in MLS. The Spring, Texas native is the second-longest tenured player on the club, trailing Brad Davis, and will begin his eighth season with the Dynamo in 2016. Deric was nominated for MLS Save of the Week 13 times and won four Save of the Week awards in 2015.
The next month includes the MLS Waiver Draft on Dec. 9 and the Re-Entry Draft, with Stage One on Dec. 11 with Stage Two set for Dec. 17. The Dynamo hold the No. 6 overall selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, set for Jan. 14 in Baltimore, Maryland.