Canetti: Dynamo in talks with World Cup midfielder

The Houston president said that his club is in negotiations with a central midfielder who started three games in Brazil.
It would appear DaMarcus Beasley was just the first piece of the Houston Dynamo's retooling puzzle.

Appearing on the "Dynamo All Access" show Thursday, club president Chris Canetti said the team is in talks with a central midfielder who started three games at the World Cup in Brazil.

The revelation comes two days after the Dynamo sent midfielder Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC for the top spot in the allocation order, which Houston used to acquire four-time U.S. World Cup veteran Beasley.

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"We are indeed in late stages of discussions with another player," Canetti said. "That ties into the whole Warren Creavalle trade. We didn't just trade Warren to move up and get the allocation spot for Beasley. We cleared him because we needed salary cap room for a secondary move.

"The player that we're talking about would be a midfielder in the center of the park, where we would have seen Warren playing minutes for us going forward. We're trying to finish it off. He's a player who was on his country's national team, a country that was in the World Cup, and he started all three games for that country in the World Cup.

"So we're pretty excited about it. We've got to keep it confidential for now as we try to work it out and make sure we don't lose the deal."

At 5-11-4 and winless in eight games, the Dynamo are second-to-last in the Eastern Conference — yet just four points out of the fifth playoff slot.