USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, March 3, 2016
After spending much of his first professional season on loan with the Charleston Battery, it was announced earlier this week that Memo Rodriguez had been signed by the Houston Dynamo to Rio Grande Valley FC’s inaugural roster.
While the 20-year-old is no longer a Homegrown player for the Dynamo, however, Rodriguez is looking forward to proving himself as he enters his second season in the USL with the Toros.
“I think I'll be a little more experienced than last year. I think I have to play a big role on this team,” Rodriguez told DynamoTheory.com’s Carson Merk. “I put in a lot of hard work this offseason and I don't want that to go to waste. I'll continue working hard and becoming a better player every day and learn new things.”
Rodriguez was part of the Dynamo’s preseason training camp, and certainly appears to be part of the club’s future plans alongside fellow youngsters Charly Flores and Christian Lucatero, two other bright young players from the Dynamo’s academy. Rodriguez said he took those experiences, and the advice he received from key Dynamo players like Giles Barnes to heart as he looks to push his career forward.
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“I remember one training session [Barnes] told me, ‘You have to show what you've got this year since you were on loan last year, and you don't want that this year because I know you have talent,’” Rodriguez told Merk. “Even though I'm here in Rio Grande Valley, I'll take that as a positive because people can see my hard work that I put in. So, I'm 100 percent committed to this team and ready to play a big role on this team and make a special season for me and the Toros.”
The Toros kick off the new season against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, March 26, with Rodriguez likely to play a key role then, and throughout the upcoming season.“I think everybody is looking to get a spot on the starting 11, and everybody at practice has something to prove, so that makes everybody keep the level high because everyone wants a chance to play,” Rodriguez told Merk. “I think if we keep training hard and keep the process going, we'll be a tough team to compete against.”