One long journey has come to an end, and a new one begins today for George Malki, who signed a contract to play for Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo.
An alumnus of Phoenix Pinnacle High School and Sereno Soccer Club, Malki was drafted from Cal Poly State University in the second round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Montreal Impact. Plagued by injuries however, he was not signed to a deal with Montreal, and completed his comeback to fitness by signing his first professional soccer contract with USL’s Arizona United SC in August of that year.
Malki would feature mostly on the right wing for Arizona through the 2015 season, before following coach Michael Dellorusso to Rio Grande Valley FC, the Dynamo’s hybrid USL affiliate, in 2016. Malki impressed at several positions before settling in at right back for head coach Wilmer Cabrera, formerly his coach with the United States U-17 Men’s National Team.
Out of contract at the end of 2016, Malki was invited to the Dynamo’s 2017 preseason by Cabrera and Dellorusso, who had assumed the head coach and first assistant roles in Houston respectively. The 24-year-old Malki was the second-choice right back throughout preseason camps in Houston and Tucson, Arizona, and figures to see time this season in relief of veteran A.J. DeLaGarza.