HOUSTON NEWS

Garcia's future with the Dynamo up in the air

February 6, 2009

Felix Garcia's status as a member of the Houston Dynamo is uncertain after the U.S. U-20 star reportedly quit the team and decided to finish school back home in Laredo.

Only a week after he was introduced as Houston's newest signing, Garcia, a high school senior, raised eyebrows after he left without notice. The Dynamo announced on Thursday that there is no timetable for his return.

"Felix is a young man who has a lot of talent and a lot of potential," Dynamo chief operating officer Chris Canetti told the Houston Chronicle. "He's back in Laredo working through some personal issues that he needs to address before he can rejoin the club.

"We're disappointed he is not with the team, but we will monitor the situation and welcome him back to the club at the appropriate time."

Garcia's departure is the culmination of a series of events which has troubled the Dynamo hierarchy since his signing. It was reported that during his first week with the team, Garcia walked out of an informal practice and also skipped a meeting and mandatory physical.

"His desire to remain in Laredo is stronger than his desire to become a professional soccer player at this time," coach Dominic Kinnear said the Houston Chronicle. "We're at a point in the year where we have important games in front of us, and it is important for us to focus on that."

Houston will retain Garcia's rights, but he will not occupy a roster spot while absent.