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The Houston Dynamo have signed midfielder Tommy McNamara, the club announced today. Houston selected McNamara in the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Dec. 18, giving the club the exclusive right to negotiate contract terms with him for the 2019 season.


McNamara, 27, has made 92 career appearances in MLS regular-season play and has started 72 matches. After starting in six matches for Chivas USA as a rookie, McNamara joined New York City FC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft and has spent the last four seasons in the Bronx. McNamara recorded 13 goals and 12 assists for NYCFC.


“Tommy joins our club in the prime of his career with a strong desire to contribute to the success of the Houston Dynamo,” said Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “His strong mentality, high soccer IQ, and ability to play a variety of positions in the attacking third will strengthen our group as we prepare for a busy 2019.”


The West Nyack, New York native helped NYCFC advance to the postseason in each of the last three seasons, finishing in the top three of the Eastern Conference standings in each season. He enjoyed his most productive season in 2016 when he set career highs in appearances (30), starts (28), minutes (2,229) and assists (nine) and tied a career-high with five goals.


“I had the opportunity to select Tommy in the draft in 2014 because he was a very smart and talented player,” said Dynamo Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He is even more mature now and we believe he can make a positive impact with the Dynamo. We also think his professionalism and dedication will be a great addition to our locker room.”


As the head coach of Chivas USA in 2014, Cabrera selected McNamara with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. McNamara started his collegiate career at Brown University and earned a bachelor’s in economics from the Ivy League institution before transferring to Clemson to obtain his master’s degree. In his lone season with the Tigers, he led the team with seven goals and had eight assists, earning first-team All-ACC and NSCAA All-South honors.


With the addition of McNamara, the Dynamo now have 24 players under contract for the 2019 season.


TRANSACTION: The Houston Dynamo sign midfielder Tommy McNamara.


PLAYER PROFILE

FULL NAME: Thomas Liam McNamara
DATE OF BIRTH: February 6, 1991 (27 years old)
HEIGHT: 5’9”
WEIGHT: 170
BIRTHPLACE: West Nyack, New York
HOMETOWN: West Nyack, New York
PREVIOUS CLUB: New York City FC (MLS)
FIFA NATIONALITY: United States


HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYERS CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT

No.
Name
Pos.
MLS Exp.
Age
Ht.
Wt.
FIFA Nationality
1
Tyler Deric
GK
10
30
6-3
185
USA
18
Chris Seitz
GK
11
31
6-3
236
USA
23
Joe Willis
GK
8
30
6-5
200
USA
26
Michael Nelson
GK
1
23
6-4
180
USA
No.
Name
Pos.
MLS Exp.
Age
Ht.
Wt.
FIFA Nationality
2 
Alejandro Fuenmayor
DF
1
22
6-1
170
Venezuela
7
DaMarcus Beasley
DF
10
36
5-8
145
USA
14
Adam Lundkvist
DF
1
24
5-9
145
Sweden
16
Kevin Garcia
DF
2
27
6-0
185
USA
20
A.J. DeLaGarza
DF
10
31
5-9
150
Guam
Erik McCue
DF
0
17
6-3
185
USA/Sweden
Chris Duvall
DF
5
27
5-10
165
USA
Kiki Struna
DF
0
28
6-2
185
Slovenia
No.
Name
Pos.
MLS Exp.
Age
Ht.
Wt.
FIFA Nationality
5
Juan David Cabezas
MF
2
26
6-0
175
Colombia
8
Memo Rodriguez
MF
2
22
5-8
145
USA
10
Tomás Martínez
MF
2
23
5-9
145
Argentina
24
Darwin Cerén
MF
5
28
5-10
165
El Salvador
25
Eric Bird
MF
2
25
5-9
175
USA
27
Boniek García
MF
7
34
5-9
150
Honduras
Matías Vera
MF
0
23
5-7
155
Argentina
Tommy McNamara
MF
5
27
5-9
170
USA
No.
Name
Pos.
MLS Exp.
Age
Ht.
Wt.
FIFA Nationality
9
Mauro Manotas
FW
4
23
6-0
155
Colombia
17
Alberth Elis
FW
2
22
6-0
165
Honduras
21
Ronaldo Peña
FW
1
21
6-1
175
Venezuela
31
Romell Quioto
FW
2
27
5-11
170
Honduras