MLS rosters filling out
The start to the MLS season is now only nine days away and teams are quickly filling out their last roster spots with a flurry of player signings over the last few days.
First in Vancouver, the Whitecaps netted a new center back in Johnny Leveron. The 23-year-old Honduras National Team regular was the captain of the Olympic squad in 2012 and comes to MLS after spending his career with Motagua in Honduras since turning pro in 2009.
In DC, they added MLS veteran Carlos Ruiz to their forward stable. The 33-year-old Guatemalan has played with the LA Galaxy (twice), FC Dallas, Toronto FC and, most recently, the Philadelphia Union. He has 88 goals in 169 career MLS matches and paced the Union with six goals through 14 matches before leaving to join Veracruz in Mexico. DC United will be the 11th team of his 18-year professional career and he also had 55 goals in 102 matches for Guatemala before retiring from international play at the end of 2012.
The Houston Dynamo also announced a loan deal for Heart of Midlothian winger Andrew Driver. The 25-year-old Englishman had 18 goals in 143 matches for the Scottish Premier League club and will join the Dynamo on loan until his contract expires in June.
Former Real Salt Lake midfielder Jonny Steele made the move to the New York Red Bulls, putting him on his ninth team since 2004. After starting his career in the USL ranks, where he won MVP honors with the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2008, the Irish midfielder was a regular for Salt Lake in his first MLS season in 2012.
Finally, RSL added 20-year-old Colombian forward Olmes Garcia in a transfer from first-division Colombian side Deportes Quindio, where he had seven goals in 47 appearances since turning pro in 2011.
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