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The Houston Dynamo have signed two 2018 MLS SuperDraft selections, goalkeeper Michael Nelson and forward Mac Steeves, the club announced today.


Nelson played in three matches for the Houston Dynamo during the 2018 preseason. His first appearance in a Dynamo jersey was against University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley men’s soccer club and he kept a clean sheet on his debut. The young goalkeeper played in two matches during the 2018 Mobile Mini Sun Cup, having a stellar performance against reigning league MVP Diego Valeri and the Portland Timbers in a 1-1 draw. Following that game, Nelson came in as a sub in a 5-0 win against the New York Red Bulls II.


The Houston native was drafted by the Dynamo with the 20th overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Nelson was a three-time American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year while playing for the Southern Methodist Mustangs. Nelson helped the Mustangs win the American Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship in 2017.


“Michael and Mac have integrated well within our team and club and have earned this opportunity with the first team,” said Dynamo Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “Both players have demonstrated a strong mentality, willingness to improve, and are eager to continue working with our staff to grow as professionals.”


Steeves played in all five of the Dynamo preseason matches scored three goals for the team in Orange.  The young forward made his debut in a preseason match against UTRGV. Steeves scored his first goal for the Dynamo against the team’s USL affiliate, RGV FC, scored twice against the New York Red Bulls II in a 5-0 victory.


"They are young talented players that we chose during the 2018 MLS SuperDraft because we felt they have a lot of tools. During the preseason, they were able to bring different things to the team that we don't have," said Dynamo Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera. “In the case of Michael, he pushes the goalkeepers and he is up to the level. Mac works hard, he scores goals and he has different characteristics than our other forwards. We feel that they are good enough to make the team and to bring something positive throughout the season."


The Providence College alum was drafted by the Dynamo with the 43rd overall pick 2018 MLS SuperDraft. While at Providence, Steeves was named the 2016 and 2017 Big East Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and was placed on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List in 2016. The Needham, Massachusetts native scored 35 goals during his college career and positioned himself as the second all-time scorer for the Friars. 


With the addition of Nelson and Steeves, the Dynamo now have 26 players under contract for the 2018 season.


HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYERS CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT

GOALKEEPERS (3)
No. PlayerPos.MLS Exp.AgeHt.Wt.FIFA Nationality
18Chris SeitzGK11306-3236USA
23Joe WillisGK7296-5200USA
26Michael NelsonGK0236-4180USA
DEFENDERS (9)
No. PlayerPos.MLS Exp.AgeHt.Wt.FIFA Nationality
2Alejandro FuenmayorDF0216-0178Venezuela
3Adolfo MachadoDF1336-0160Panama
4Philippe SenderosDF1336-2181Switzerland
7DaMarcus BeasleyDF9355-8145USA
15Dylan RemickDF5266-0165USA
16Kevin GarciaDF1266-0185USA
20A.J. DeLaGarzaDF9305-9150Guam
21George MalkiDF1245-10160USA
22LeonardoDF8306-2185Brazil
MIDFIELDERS (9)
No. PlayerPos.MLS Exp.AgeHt.Wt.FIFA Nationality
5Juan David CabezasMF1266-0175Colombia
6Eric AlexanderMF8296-1165USA
8Memo RodriguezMF1215-8145USA
10Tomás MartínezMF1225-9145Argentina
12Arturo ÁlvarezMF12325-9170El Salvador
14Charlie WardMF1235-8168England
24Darwin CerénMF4285-10165El Salvador
25Eric BirdMF0245-9174USA
27Boniek GarcíaMF6335-9150Honduras
FORWARDS (5)
No. PlayerPos.MLS Exp.AgeHt.Wt.FIFA Nationality
9Mauro ManotasFW3226-0155Colombia
11Andrew WengerFW6266-0185USA
17Alberth ElisFW1226-0165Honduras
19Mac SteevesFW0236-4208USA
31Romell QuiotoFW1255-11170Honduras