Colls goalkeeper joins Houston Dynamo

Former Atherton Collieries goalkeeper Nico Defreitas-Hansen has joined Houston Dynamo 2.

The 22-year-old shot-stopper joined Colls in August 2022, going on to make 52 appearances for the club, keeping 12 clean sheets.

Born in the USA, Defreitas-Hansen began his youth career with Florida-based Weston FC before departing for the UK to join Everton’s youth setup in 2017.

After featuring a number of times for the Blues’ U18s and U23s squads, he joined Swansea City to link up with their U21s side.

Defreitas-Hansen has also featured on the international stage, representing his native USA at U14s and U16s level, but has also earned three caps for Denmark’s U19s.

The young goalkeeper now makes the move back home to link up with Houston Dyanmo’s reserve team, where he has signed an MLS NEXT Pro contract for the 2024 season with an option to extend for 2025.

On the signing of Defreitas-Hansen, Houston Dynamo assistant general manager Nick Kowba said: “He is a promising player that wants to continue his development in Houston, and we look forward to watching him compete for minutes this season.”

Photo credit: Atherton Collieries

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