Houston Dynamo sign former Atlanta United and LAFC defender Franco Escobar via free agency

January 16, 2023

Escobar has enjoyed great success in MLS already.

The Houston Dynamo have completed the signing of guard Franco Escobar through free agency.

Escobar signed a two-year deal through the 2024 MLS season, with Dynamo having the option to extend his stay for another year.

The 27-year-old Argentine, who can play both right-back and centre-back, has nearly 100 MLS appearances after spells at Atlanta United and Los Angeles FC – alongside the former Won the MLS Cup and won the MLS Cup and Supporters Shield double with the latter.

“Franco is a winner in our league. Since arriving in MLS in 2018, he has won every major domestic trophy, including two MLS Cups, a Supporters Shield, Campines Cup and U.S. Open Cup,” Dynamo general manager Pat Onstad said in a club news release.

“He will strengthen our backline and provide valuable experience in our locker room. We are delighted that Franco has selected Houston for the next step in his career.”

Escobar is one of the main new signings for Dynamo, who are preparing for the first season of new head coach Ben Olsen. The defender was joined by the likes of Ivan Franco, Arthur, Brad Smith and Ifunanyachi Achara.

Houston, on the other hand, has seen veteran players like Tim Parker, Adam Lundquist, Fafapico, Matias Villa and Memo Rodriguez leave.

Dynamo are looking to reach the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time since 2017 in the upcoming season. They will begin the 2023 season at FC Cincinnati on February 25.


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