The Houston Dynamo today announced the signing of Dynamo Academy product Bryan Salazar to an MLS homegrown player contract. Salazar if the fifth player from the Dynamo Academy to sign for the senior team, joining a list that includes current Dynamo player Tyler Deric and Alex Dixon.
Salazar is current finishing his senior year at George Bush High School in Richmond, TX (Richmond is 35 southwest of Houston) and has been with the Dynamo Academy since the age of 12. He began playing with the Dynamo Junior Academy before moving up to the U-18 squad during the past two years. He's traveled with the Academy team to tournaments in El Salvador, Mexico and the Netherlands. He was also on the Dynamo U-16 team that won their age level group at the 2012 Dallas Cup.
In a press release from the team, Salazar spoke about signing with the Dynamo.
“When I joined the Junior Academy six years ago, I was told this was my chance to become a professional soccer player and I’m excited this day has arrived,” Salazar said. “I want to thank everyone at the Dynamo Academy that has helped me achieve my dream of playing for the Dynamo and I look forward to continuing my career under Dominic Kinnear.”
Salazar has nine goals in 14 games for the Dynamo U-18 squad and performed extremely well in a scrimmage against the senior team earlier in the year.
Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear had this to say about Salazar.
“Bryan is an exciting young player,” said Kinnear. “When he gets the ball, he is not afraid to run at defenders. He has put up some good numbers with our Academy teams and I think he has a very promising future. We want him to succeed as a person and a professional and we will do everything we can to make sure that happens.”
Salazar will finish high school and stay with the Academy team before joining the Dynamo full time in the summer. He is expected to travel with the team though to Charleston for the Carolina Challenge Cup.
It's always exciting to see the Dynamo developing new talent from within the organization and we can look forward to seeing how the young winger develops over the coming years.