At 2pm this afternoon, some of the teams from Major League Soccer will take place in a weighed lottery for former University of California and current Generation Adidas goalkeeper, David Bingham.
Bingham, a 21-year-old goalkeeper, was one of the most highly-touted shot stoppers from the college game, but was not drafted during the 2011 MLS SuperDraft or Supplemental Draft because he concluded a trial with Fulham FC in England before opting for a MLS contract. Because of this, the goalkeeper has been allowed to join a Major League Soccer team via a lottery.
A number of teams have a decent chance of picking up Bingham (the New England Revolution are current odds leaders), but most interestingly, five teams, including the Houston Dynamo decided to opt out of the lottery.
Houston's withdrawal from the process could mean a few things; most importantly, that the young goalkeeping tandem of Tally Hall and Tyler Deric is working out and looking good ahead of the upcoming season. The retirement of veteran goalkeeper Pat Onstad left a void in Houston's starting XI, but both Hall and Deric are happy to compete for that starting position.
The recent acquisition of Evan Newton, who will train with the club between now and the start of the season in hopes of landing a contract, also helps provide some depth to the Dynamo's goalkeeping lineup. If Newton, or the other two keepers fail to live up to expectations, the Houston Dynamo could make a play for Brad Knighton, a 4-year goalkeeper who was waived by the Philadelphia Union earlier this month.
Regardless of the front office's reasoning for staying away from the Bingham lottery, Houston's young goalkeepers have to feel that this is a show of faith and confidence as preparations continue for the 2011 season.