The Houston Dynamo announced the signing of 19 year old Nelson Quinones from Once Caldas in Columbia. Quinones will report to the Houston first team upon receipt of his P-1 Visa. He will occupy a senior and international roster spot.
The signing is another in a long list of Central and South American born players that Houston has signed since Matt Jordan was first the GM seven years ago. Twenty Five signings to be exact and only a handful have proven productive in the orange. Mauro Manotas, also of Columbia, is one of those handful.
Quinones came up in the Once Caldas Academy program before making his way to the first team on July 25, 2021. Since his debut, he has made 30 more appearances. In 2022, the Tumaco, Columbia native has nine starts and nine substitutions for the first team with one assist. Tumaco, Columbia is also the hometown of current Dynamo forward Darwin Quintero.
"We are excited to welcome Nelson to Houston Dynamo FC. He is a dynamic wide-attacking player with the ability to change a game. As soon as he completes his visa process, he will join our first team to help push for this year’s playoffs,” said Dynamo general manager Pat Onstad. “We are working to establish a pathway from Central and South America to Houston for ambitious, young players hoping to advance their careers. Nelson fits the profile of player who will do well in our city and our league. We look forward to seeing him develop in our environment.”
If it works out, the way that Houston hopes like it did with the loan signing of Panamanian midfielder Coco Carrasquilla, Quinones could be wearing orange for a very long time.