Reds send Sturgis to Houston

Nathan Sturgis battles for the ball with Vancouver Whitecaps' Nizar Khalfan (TOP) during the second...

Nathan Sturgis battles for the ball with Vancouver Whitecaps' Nizar Khalfan (TOP) during the second half of the Canadian Championship final soccer match in Toronto, July 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

KURT LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

Toronto FC's Nathan Sturgis is on the move to his sixth MLS club in as many years.

After one season at BMO Field, the Reds announced Thursday the club traded the holding midfielder to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2014.

Sturgis, 24, appeared in 14 MLS matches and one in the 2011 Canadian Championship.

“(It's) a positive to get a young player with good experience that has been around a couple of different organizations,” Dynamo President Chris Canetti told mlssoccer.com. “He’s a professional and knows how to approach things."

Largely out of favour during the second half of last season, Sturgis was acquired a month before the club hired director Paul Mariner and head coach Aron Winter.

Following stops in LA, Salt Lake and Seattle, the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired his rights before immediately trading Sturgis to Toronto in 2011.

"From all perspectives, this is a nice deal ... and, hopefully, it’s the start of things to come," said Canetti.


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