Oliver Luck: Wheeling and Dealing

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Houston Dynamo GM Oliver Luck doesn’t like to lose. That’s a good thing because in his tenure the Dynamo haven’t done much losing. The former West Virginia and Houston Oiler QB is a competitor of the highest order and when things don’t happen the way they are supposed, Luck isn’t going to sit with folded hands. Whether its a stadium deal with the city or the failure of the Dynamo to win a third consecutive MLS Cup, changes are happening rapidly in Houston.

Yesterday’s news involving the trade of Dwayne DeRossorio one of the finest players in MLS history to Toronto FC is just the beginning.  This past season in both MLS and CONCACAF play, youngsters Geoff Cameron. Corey Ashe, and Stuart Holden proved they can lead a team. While DeRossorio adds instant credibility to Mo Johnson’s TFC club, “trader Mo’s” track record is spotty at best while Oliver Luck’s track record is almost impeccable. It seems every move Houston has made in the past three years within MLS has been a good one.

The DeRo deal is just the beginning. I believe we will see a radically different team in Houston next season: more depth and younger. Some mainstays like Rico Clark and Brian Ching will be around, but do not be surprised to see the likes of Brian Mullan, Brad Davis or even Eddie Robinson elsewhere when the new season begins.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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