Houston Dynamo forward Romell Quioto has been granted a green card by the United States government, the club announced today. Officially referred to as a permanent resident card, it grants an individual authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.
As a result of receiving his green card, Quioto will be designated as a domestic player by Major League Soccer and will no longer occupy an international slot on the Dynamo roster.
A native of Rio Esteban Colón, Honduras, Quioto joined the Dynamo on a full transfer from C.D. Olimpia in Honduras on Dec. 22, 2016. The forward has scored 10 goals and added nine assists in 36 appearances (23 starts) since joining the Dynamo.
This season, Quioto has been an integral part to one of Major League Soccer’s most dangerous sides. The 26-year-old has three goals and a team-high six assists to key a Dynamo attack that has scored 29 goals in 14 games to rank third in the league.
Quioto is the fifth player in the Dynamo roster to become a permanent resident, joining defender Leonardo, midfielders Darwin Cerén and Boniek García, and forward Mauro Manotas.
The Dynamo now have seven international players on their roster: midfielder Juan David Cabezas (Colombia), forward Alberth Elis (Honduras), defender Alejandro Fuenmayor (Venezuela), defenderAdam Lundkvist (Sweden), defenderAdolfo Machado (Panama), midfielder Tomás Martínez (Argentina) and defender Philippe Senderos (Switzerland).
The Dynamo travel to the Midwest this weekend to take on Sporting Kansas City Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Children’s Mercy Park. The match will be televised live throughout the Houston area on KUBE 57 and will be broadcast on radio by SportsRadio 610 AM in English and Univision Radio 1010 AM in Spanish.