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Dynamo invite two player to preseason camp, one will be familiar to fans

By Woosley, Zach



COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 24: Mike Chabala #17 of the Houston Dynamo controls the ball against the Columbus Crew on July 24, 2010 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 24: Mike Chabala #17 of the Houston Dynamo controls the ball against the Columbus Crew on July 24, 2010 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

Word got out today that the Houston Dynamo have invited Scottish forward Calum Elliot and former Dynamo fullback Mike Chabala to the team's preseason camp.

Chabala was traded to the Portland Timbers in 2010 along with Lovel Palmer for midfielder Adam Moffat and allocation money. The trade worked out well for Houston but Chabala has remained a fan favorite despite his time in Portland and with DC United. That popularity stems in large part due to his hard nose play and the extensive charity work he did while a member of the Dynamo.  Baring a disastrous camp, it would make sense for Chabala to be signed as it would give Dominic Kinnear additional defensive depth and a player familiar with his system and most of the players on the roster.

Calum Elliot is a 25-year old striker who most recently played for Lithuanian club Žalgiris Vilnius, making 39 appearances with 17 goals. He also spent time with Scottish clubs Heart of Midlothian, Motherwell, Livingston and Dundee. He seems to be a player that can score but he has a history of knee problems having missed time during the 09/10 and 10/11 seasons after having surgery. Elliot also has some international experience having made 12 appearances for the Scottish U-20 and U-21 teams.

No word on if either player has been offered a contract or is in camp on trial in an attempt to earn a place with the team for the 2012 season.