The Houston Dynamo recently signed D Philippe Senderos and M Tomás Martinez for a fiercer defense and an even wilder offense.
Center-back Philippe Senderos could be seen soon on the Houston Dynamo pitch. Attacking Midfielder Tomás Martinez will take the field after careful seasoning. Both will make a difference when Houston enters the playoffs.
Senderos represented Switzerland in three FIFA World Cups. He debuted in 2002 with Servette FC. Then he joined Arsenal FC in the English Premier League 2003-2010.
He has also played with AC Milan and Rangers FC in the Scottish Premier League, among other European service.
"Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera: Philippe is a World Cup class player who is going to bring experience to our team. He is going to bring quality for our locker room, and his professionalism is going to help to continue building the philosophy of the Houston Dynamo."
Dynamo Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan amplified Cabrera’s enthusiasm.
"Jordan: With this signing, along with the quality of our current group, we are confident that we have a very deep roster with players at every position who have the ability to step in at any moment to contribute the success of our team."
Speed and surprise for the Dynamo offense, that gets more intense with Tomás Martinez. But he won’t take the field as soon as Senderos.
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"Cabrera: We’re going to support him and give him the time for him to adapt to this league, which is very complicated and very tough. He’s going to have his time. He’s going to have his momentum to get on the field and try to help us and perform with his qualities."
Once Martinez adapts to everything, including the heat, neither Cabrera nor Jordan doubt the 22-year-old will impact the team’s relentless attack.
Jordan: The good thing with Tomás is that he’s a player that works both sides of the ball but he finds space between the lines. He has the ability to make the final pass. He has great vision. Great creativity.
Martinez’s wide range on the pitch excites the staff and prompted their signing him as a Young Designated Player.
"Cabrera: He can play on the left, on the right, in the middle. He scores. He assists. And he has a good IQ in terms of soccer."
The Argentinian spent time with Braga in Portugal. But he most impressed scouts in the 2015 Argentina U-20 World Cup matches. He played 90 minutes in all three games.
Soon Senderos and Martinez will take their place with the Houston Dynamo’s established leaders. Together, they’ll ensure the team stays undefeated at home, while netting loads of points on the road. That makes the road to the playoffs straighter and surer.