The Houston Dynamo look set to sign Jamaican national team and St. George's SC defender, Jermaine Taylor. The Jamaican could arrive in Houston as soon as Wednesday, according to reports. (Image via DayLife)

Houston Dynamo Aim To Sign Jamaican Defender Jermaine Taylor

The Houston Dynamo look set to sign Jamaican national team and St. George's SC defender, Jermaine Taylor. The Jamaican could arrive in Houston as soon as Wednesday, according to reports.

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Canetti: We Are On The Verge Of Signing Jamaican Jermaine Taylor

In his most recent "Canetti's Corner," Dynamo president Chris Canetti confirmed that the club is close to signing Jamaican national team center back Jermaine Taylor.  He said:

We are on the verge of signing Jamaican national team center back Jermaine Taylor. He arrived in town today as we look to complete the deal. Jermaine would give Dom added depth and multiple options in the back (four of them being newcomers). The defenders include Bobby Boswell, Mike Chabala, Hunter Freeman, Jordan Graye, Andrew Hainault, Eddie Robinson, and Kofi Sarkodie.

This is great news for Dynamo fans and could be the final component the defense needs ahead of the 2011 season.  The details of this deal will be made available as soon as an official announcement is made by the Houston Dynamo.

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Houston Dynamo Aim To Sign Jamaican Defender Jermaine Taylor

A number of different reports from the Houston Chronicle, Jamaican media, Major League Soccer, and our own Dynamo Theory indicate that Jamaica national team defender Jermaine Taylor is set to join the Houston Dynamo in the coming days.  The reports vary, with some indicating that Taylor is coming to Houston for a medical, the final step before signing a deal, while the others indicate that Taylor will undergo a trial before any sort of deal is offered.

Houston Dynamo President, Chris Canetti, discussed the arrangement in an interview with MLSSoccer.com.  "We are interested in signing Jermaine and [are] looking to do so," Canetti said via a team spokesperson. "He is coming to town this week in what will hopefully be the final steps to completing a deal."

Regardless of the specifics of the arrangement, the Dynamo's move to sign a solid and experienced center back is a step in the right direction and could be the final defensive more the club needs ahead of the 2011 season.

The Dynamo coaching staff is familiar with the defender and scouted him extensively during the offseason, especially at the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup, a tournament won by Jamaica. 

The 26-year-old has been labeled as a natural defender with a level head, and was outstanding throughout the tournament.

Taylor has been plying his trade in the Jamaican league, playing with St. George's Sports Club in Portland, Jamaica, and has impressed enough to earn 37 caps for the Jamaican National Team. Prior to playing for St. George's, Taylor played for Harbour View with current Dynamo midfielder Lovel Palmer

Taylor should be familiar with the physicality and rhythm of Major League Soccer after previously going on trial early in 2010 with DC United.  The defender failed to land a contract then, but looks certain to make the move abroad now.

If the Houston Dynamo make an official announcement over the coming days, the details of that announcement will be shared on SB Nation Houston.

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