Houston has sent an international roster spot to Colorado in exchange for the 23-year-old's services in 2014.Nine months after the mechanism was put in place, MLS has its first intraleague loan.
The Houston Dynamo on Tuesday acquired midfielder Tony Cascio on a season-long loan from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for an international roster spot. The intraleague loan system was announced in April but not used until now.
Cascio, a 23-year-old winger, had three goals and three assists in 29 games (18 starts) as a rookie in 2012 before falling down the depth chart last year, making just 13 appearances (four starts) as the Rapids bolstered their options out wide. With Dynamo, he'll offer depth behind Brad Davis (USA) and Oscar Boniek Garcia (Honduras), both of whom could miss substanial time this season because of international duty.
"I watched him in college and his first two years with Colorado and I enjoy the way he approaches the game," said Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear in a news release. "He is not afraid to take on players and he has good versatility. I think when he has the ball at his feet he is not afraid to try and be productive, whether it be an assist or a goal. With what we have coming up this year, we think he is going to be a great addition to the team."
The Rapids also announced the signing of Charles Eloundou, a 19-year-old forward from Cameroon who the Rapids tried to bring in on loan last season but couldn't because of paperwork issues.
“I am extremely excited to be joining MLS,” Eloundou said in a news release. “I had interest from [other countries] but I sat down with my advisers, and we picked Colorado because we feel it is the best place for me at this stage of my career. It is a new adventure, and I look forward to improving as a player, continuing my development and hopefully doing very well.”