The Houston Dynamo announced the signing of Mexican forward Luis Angel Landin. Landin will join on a loan deal that runs through the end of 2010, at which time the club will have an option to acquire his rights permanently. Per league and club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Landin, 24, has appeared five times for the Mexican national team. He comes to the Dynamo on loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul, where he scored seven goals in the 2009 Clausura season. Landin will occupy Houston's designated player slot. The designated player rule was implemented prior to the 2007 MLS season granting each team the ability to sign a player whose salary, above a capped amount, will fall outside of the team salary budget.
"I am looking forward to getting Luis involved with the team," Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said in a press release. "He is a player that will fit nicely into our system. I think we improved our team with an exciting, young, attacking player. We'll get him training as soon as possible and get him ready to play in this physically demanding league."
Landin will not be available for the Dynamo in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League because he was named to Cruz Azul's roster for the tournament. The Dynamo released forward Ade Akinbiyi to make room on the roster.