HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Houston Dynamo fans set off a smoke bomb as they play against the Philadelphia Union in the second leg of the playoffs on November 3, 2011 at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Dynamo won 1 to 0 and will play the Sporting K.C. Sunday, November 6, 2011. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Colin Rolfe is excited about his opportunity to play with the Houston Dynamo in MLS. Once a Hermann Trophy finalist for the best men's collegiate soccer player (the first in Louisville history), Rolfe fell to the bottom of the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft after an injury-filled senior campaign. He saw two teammates and four Big East opponents selected ahead of him in the draft.
Rolfe will be joining the MLS Cup runners-up in Houston. He will be one of four forwards on the roster. One of the returning forwards, Cam Weaver, had surgery on his hip at the end of the 2011 season and isn't in form yet. Rolfe realizes that means he could get some playing time early.
"It's exciting to see minutes there to be had," Rolfe said. "I think any rookie's goal is to get as much playing time as possible. It would've been nice to have those guys to watch and learn from, but at the same time you can learn a lot from getting into games."
Dyanmo training camp begins Jan. 23. The coaches think that Rolfe could be exactly the type of forward they have in mind. Rolfe tends to agree.
"I think the coaches were spot on in what I can do because I feel comfortable with my back to goal and I like combining with other players and getting as many of them in the attack as possible," Rolfe said.