Houston Dynamo FC Secures Colombian Winger Nelson Quiñónes for 2025
Houston Dynamo FC announced on Thursday that they have secured the signing of Colombian winger Nelson Quiñónes for the duration of the 2025 MLS season, with an option for 2026. The agreement was finalized by exercising the purchase option on Quiñónes' original loan from Once Caldas in Colombia, which took place last summer.
At just 20 years old, Quiñónes becomes the fifth player to join Houston for a transfer fee in the seven-figure range since Ted Segal took over as the majority owner in June 2021.
Dynamo's general manager, Pat Onstad, expressed his excitement about the deal, stating, "We are thrilled to have found a solution that allows Nelson to continue his contributions to Houston and our team's resurgence this season. We extend our gratitude to our ownership for their ongoing support in attracting and retaining talented young players who elevate our team's level and have the potential to excel in the sport at the highest levels."
Onstad also acknowledged the coaching staff's role in Quiñónes' development and commended the player for seizing the opportunity to advance his career and make a positive impact on the Dynamo going forward. He noted Quiñónes' progress over the summer and expressed anticipation for his potential as a player.
Since joining Houston, Quiñónes has participated in 25 league matches, starting in nine of them, and has contributed one goal and one assist. He has also been instrumental in helping head coach Ben Olsen's team reach the US Open Cup semifinals. The team will host Real Salt Lake on August 23 in this nationwide competition.
Quiñónes will occupy one of the two U22 Initiative slots on the Houston roster, leaving one slot available for future use. The other slot is filled by forward Aliyu Ibrahim.
Under Olsen's leadership in their inaugural season, the Dynamo currently sit in eighth place in the Western Conference, with a record of 8 wins, 10 losses, and 4 draws, accumulating 28 points. They have one remaining game before the Leagues Cup and All-Star break.