Trialist Jose Sito Seoane wouldn’t mind being one of those players. As the lone Dynamo trialist so far, Seoane is hoping to make an impression on Kinnear and the Dynamo organization to earn his first professional contract.
Seoane comes to the Dynamo riding a wave of success in his career.
In August 2013, Seoane won the PDL championship with the Austin Aztex. The versatile striker scored two of the Aztex’s three goals in the championship game, which led to winning Most Valuable Player honors. On the way to the final, Seoane’s play made others take notice after scoring five goals in four playoff matches. It’s clear to see he was a large part of the organization’s first trophy.
At San Jacinto College, Seoane put up big numbers as well. In 22 games, he scored 30 goals and added 14 assists. The 74 combined point total led NJCAA and he went on to win All-American First Team honors for Division 1.
In an exclusive interview with Keeper Notes, Seoane tells me his goal this season is simple.
“To be healthy and play professional soccer,” he says.
One of the upsides for Seoane is he comes into camp at an opportunistic time. Houston has addressed most of their major needs, but could use some reinforcements in two areas Seoane says he feels most comfortable.
“My [favored] position is second striker or attacking mid,” he says. “I’ve been playing in that position the past few years and I’ve scored a lot of goals [as a second striker].”
Seoane’s play has improved over the past year, and he credits then head coach Paul Daglish and Manuel Buentello for much of his success.
“Paul and Manuel helped me grow as a player, not just on the field, but off as well,” he admits.
Coming into the Aztex organization, he started in the midfield, but transitioned to a second striker when Daglish shifted to a more offensive 4-3-3 formation.
Jeffery Burns, Director of Marketing and Communications with the Aztex, says Sito stood out as a very technical player during last year’s Collegiate Trail and the club brought him in.
“He’s quick on the ball,” says Burns. “He has a good touch that gets him through crowded areas and he’s not afraid to take a difficult shot.”
Take a look at some of Seoane’s highlights – pay special attention to these minute marks: 1:25, 1:57, 2:11, 3:42, 4:17, 6:42, 6:58 (assist).
“It was a really good feeling,” Seoane says about winning the PDL championship with Austin. “I learned how to be a professional player [in Austin],” he adds.
On Wednesday, Seoane did well in his first scrimmage with Houston after playing the second half in the first team’s 4-0 win over the U-18 Dynamo Academy. Seoane was involved in much of the offense and scored an impressive goal on a free kick.
67′ GOAL! Sito Seoane curls in a left-footed free kick from just outside the box. Quality strike. 3-0. #ForeverOrange
— HoustonDynamo (@HoustonDynamo) January 29, 2014
Sunday afternoon the Dynamo will scrimmage against their first Major League Soccer opponent when they face off against the Colorado Rapids at Houston Sports Park.
For now, Seoane has welcomed the chance to train with the Dynamo and is optimistic of his future.
“Signing a contract at this point would be perfect,” he says. “I’ve been working hard to get that chance.”