After Wade Barrett removed the captaincy from Giles Barnes, the writing was on the wall. Barnes days in Houston seemed numbered. They have now come to an end as the Dynamo have traded the Jamaican international to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
In exchange for Barnes, the Dynamo receive general allocation money and the right of first refusal for Costa Rican defender Keyner Brown.
The 27 year old Barnes played 131 matches for Houston across all competitions, tallying 34 goals. Barnes was named captain of the Dynamo in the preseason this year but after his trip to Copa America and Owen Coyle's departure, Barnes returned to the Houston, no longer wearing the arm band.
"We'd like to thank Giles for all of his contributions both on and off the field during his time in Houston and we wish him well," said Dynamo vice president and general manager Matt Jordan. “We felt this move was in the best interest of our club moving forward, providing us with valuable roster and budget flexibility while bringing in valuable assets both in the short and long term. This move also provides a greater opportunity for our younger attacking players to make an impact this season.”
The 24 year old Brown is currently under contract with Costa Rican Club Herediano and the Dynamo now have the opportunity to negotiate with, and sign the player.