HOUSTON - MARCH 19: Dominic Oduro #23 of the Houston Dynamo reacts after missing a wide open net as goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon of the Philadelphia Union was out of position at Robertson Stadium on March 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Dynamo Transactions: Houston Dynamo Ship Oduro To Chicago

The Dynamo have dealt striker Dominic Oduro to the Chicago Fire for Calen Carr.

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Dominic Oduro On Being Traded: I Don't Think There's Anything Personal

That's a pretty good chance. It's a good play. Great play by Geoff. Good ball by Brad. It's a chance that you should really expect to score

News broke earlier today that Houston Dynamo forward Dominic Oduro had been traded to the Chicago Fire in exchange for forward Calen Carr. The Houston Chronicle was able to reach Oduro for comments on the deal. 

Here's what the forward had to say about being traded.

At the end of the day it is what it is. The coaches know what they want for their teams. Most teams around this league are trying to restructure their teams right now. I don't think there's anything personal. It's something that both teams are dealing with in terms of making their teams better.

Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear also discussed the trade.

In 2009 when we beat Seattle, his play against Seattle for me was some of his better moments here. So I want to say thanks to him. We wish him luck

 

Unfortunately for Oduro, the last memory Dynamo fans are likely to have of him is his horrific miss against the Philadelphia Union in the 2011 MLS opening game. 

Both Coach Kinnear and defender Andre Hainault commented on the miss after the 1-0 loss.

Coach Kinnear

That's a pretty good chance. It's a good play. Great play by Geoff. Good ball by Brad. It's a chance that you should really expect to score.

Andre Hainault

Dom had a good chance right there. That should have been a goal. With that being said, we had other chances. The game could have been different.

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Official Release: Dynamo Acquire Forward Carr In Trade With Fire For Oduro

Dynamo Press Release

Dynamo acquire forward Carr in trade with Fire
Houston sends Oduro to Chicago in forward swap


HOUSTON, TX (Wednesday, March 23, 2011) -- The Houston Dynamo have acquired forward Calen Carr from the Chicago Fire in exchange for forward Dominic Oduro, it was announced today.

Carr, 28, is in his sixth MLS season after being selected by the Fire with the No. 10 pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. A speedy forward who was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2005 while a senior at Cal, Carr has been limited by injuries in his professional career. After returning from injury last season, he scored as a substitute in his first two games back, including against the Dynamo on August 21. He finished the 2010 season with three goals in only 538 minutes.

"(Calen) is versatile, can play wide, and has good pace on the field", said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. "I think he's a good player despite the fact that he has suffered due to injuries. I also know him, and think he's good person. I believe he'll fit well in (our) locker room."

Oduro, 25, scored six league goals for Houston in 44 games after being acquired in May 2009.

"We wish Dominic the best of luck in the future and thank him for his time here", said Dynamo president Chris Canetti. "This move comes at the appropriate time and is in the best interest of the organization. We are always seeking ways to improve the club, and we think this is a positive step forward. We are eager to benefit from the athleticism, skill and versatility that Calen brings to the team."

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Dynamo Transactions: Houston Dynamo Ship Oduro To Chicago

According to the Houston Chronicle's Jose De Jesus Ortiz, the Houston Dynamo have dealt maligned striker Dominic Oduro to the Chicago Fire for forward Calen Carr. Oduro muffed an extremely easy tying chance in last Saturday's match with the Union, and that may have eroded the last leg he had to stand on with the front office. 

Carr, who has been recovering from a concussion, has nine goals in 81 matches with the Fire. If he cannot be medically cleared, the Dynamo will instead receive a conditional pick in a future MLS Super Draft. 

Oduro had been acquired from New York Red Bull in 2009 for two draft picks, and had fallen out of favor with the club to the point where they let him become a free agent. They re-signed Oduro earlier this month only after he could not find an overseas contract. Most of the reaction to Oduro coming back was negative, so Dynamo fans are understandably pretty happy with this move despite the fact that they didn't get much in return.

For more, please check out Dynamo Theory's post on the subject.

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