MLS Clubs Looking At Honduran Players

MLS Clubs Looking At Honduran Players

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 17, 2008
  • 4 Comments

More and more clubs seem to be catching on to the idea that there are good players in other CONCACAF countries. Honduras is definitely one of those countries with lots to offer for the MLS.

A couple reports over the weekend say that more and more MLS clubs are looking into players from clubs in Honduras. Clubs and even the players saw just what Luciano Emilio did for DC United last season. Players mentioned to a possible MLS move (either before the end of this month or sometime this summer) are Emilio Izaguirre, Jorge Claros, Luis Rodas and Victor Bernardez of CD Motagua and Oscar Boniek García of Club Olimpia. (More details on each below)

All the players are represented by the same agent that helped get Emilio a deal with DC last year. The agent is doing his job to get himself more money and getting these players in a better league with more money like the MLS will certainly help out. It only makes sense to get more of his clients into the league after his first couple did well (though Carlos Pavon didn’t pan out like many hoped, he represents him as well).

Reports say that several clubs are interested in signing these players. Go ahead and take a stab at which clubs that would be. Several probably meaning four or five so my pure guess is San Jose, Chivas, Columbus, and Toronto. Though I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see New England, Chicago and New York interested in some players as well. New England was in talks with some Honduran players a couple months back.

Another Motagua player, Brazilian Jocimar, is possibly headed to Columbus Crew. Columbus Technical Director Bryan Bliss is looking at the 29-year-old forward. According to Honduran media, Bliss is currently in Honduras and was present at Motagua’s CONCACAF Champion’s Cup match last week.

Columbus obviously needs some help at the striker position so this move makes perfect sense if it goes through. For the Crew’s sake I hope it happens because the last Brazilian to come from Honduras (Emilio) panned out really nicely for his club and the league.

Steve Goff has also mentioned the Crew being interested in Olimpia forward Allan dos Santos as well.

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As promised some homework on the players mentioned above. (many thanks to Wikipedia…yes, my spanish is terrible so I wouldn’t even try too many other sites to find out more on these guys)

Emilio Izaguirre – a 21-year-old wing-back/midfielder. Played for the Honduran national side in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships in Holland. During his time with the senior national team, he has 17 caps and one goal to his name since 2007. Other than that he is still very young and is strong with his left foot, something I would love to see in this league, a strong left flank player. Probably could see New England and Toronto be interested in this kid.

Jorge Claros – a 22-year-old midfielder. Also played for the same 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship team as Izaguirre. He has seen 15 caps for the national team side and in that time has scored 1 goal. Not a lot of dirt on this kid, he has a pretty high jersey number for Motagua so I kind of get the feeling he sees a lot of reserve team action and not full team play. Just a guess though. Possibly New England and Toronto would be interested in him.

Jorge Claros – a 23-year-old striker. Has played on every level of the Honduran national team and made his senior national team debute against El Salvador. He’s a striker so I would easily say that Columbus, San Jose and Toronto would be interested in him.

Victor Bernardez – a 25-year-old defender. Played on the Honduran national side that played in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He has 24 caps for the national side with one goal. Easily could see Toronto, Columbus and maybe even a New York be interested in his services.

Oscar Boniek García – a 23-year-old defender/midfielder. Has been a regular on the national team since 2005 where he has had 27 caps for his country. Since he can play in the midfield and in defense you could easily see him about anywhere in this league.

More coming in a bit…and I should have a KC Wizards preview on here sometime today for you all…

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    if i am invited,i promise to be hard working,dedicated to the team,and to make sure that my presents in the team will bring victory and inprovement to the clubs.i hope to hear from u soon… (see my profile below and my contact)<br />
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    <br />
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    PLAYER C.V SPORT PROFILE<br />
    <br />
    NAME :Emmanuel Okereke chiIjoke<br />
    <br />
    D.O.B:29/09/1991<br />
    <br />
    NATIONALITY: Nigeria<br />
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    STATE: River state<br />
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    CITY: port harcourt<br />
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    SPORT: Soccer(FOOTBALL)<br />
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    Passport No:<br />
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    POSITION : Attacker (midfierlder or defensive)<br />
    <br />
    LEVEL: semi pro<br />
    <br />
    HEIGHT: 5.ft 6inch<br />
    <br />
    WEIGHT: 68kg<br />
    <br />
    SPEED: 11.45secs<br />
    <br />
    MILE TIME: 5min54secs<br />
    <br />
    STRENGTH: 80%<br />
    <br />
    Endurance: 85%<br />
    <br />
    TECHNIQUE: 70%<br />
    <br />
    AGILITY: 80%<br />
    <br />
    ARE YOU REPRESENTED?: Looking for agent And Manager<br />
    <br />
    POSITION PLAYED: Attacker and midfrielder<br />
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    PRESENT CLUB: migthy amphibious football club of port- harcourt<br />
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    PREVIOUS CLUB: Sharks Football Club of port harcourt And Atak Football Club of Lagos<br />
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  • Emmanuel

    Dear sir,
    greeting to you sir,i here by apply to play for your team .I am a born Nigerian, i am 16year old,i sew your email so i decided to mail you.i have played in some clubs in Nigeria.i have played state and interstate leagues. I have also played state and interstate clubs too.i am a very good attacker and midfielder,i am a utility play that can play the roll of a central defender.some of the clubs i have played for such as; i played for atak football clubs of Lagos from 2001 to 2003 that year i played the chief of naval staff cup with the team were i obtained a diploma certificate in soccer i also played for shark football club of port harcourt in 2005, i played super league with the team..
    i presently play for mighty amphibious football club of port harcourt, i played the national male chellage cup with the team were i also obtained my frist national male football league lience in 2006.I have gone to some clubs within nigeria for trial .. I love traveling and meeting people i make new friends easily..Sir all i am asking is for you to sent me an invitation letter to come over and prove to you the kind of player i am..belive you me,you’ll ever regrate why you have done this.i am not asking you for money ok.
    All i just want you to do is to sent me an invitation letter to back up my traveling document so i can come over to be with the team very soon.
    if i am invited,i promise to be hard working,dedicated to the team,and to make sure that my presents in the team will bring victory and inprovement to the clubs.i hope to hear from u soon… (see my profile below and my contact)
    yours sincerely
    Emmanuel Okereke

    PLAYER C.V SPORT PROFILE

    NAME :Emmanuel Okereke chiIjoke

    D.O.B:29/09/1991

    NATIONALITY: Nigeria

    STATE: River state

    CITY: port harcourt

    SPORT: Soccer(FOOTBALL)

    Passport No:

    POSITION : Attacker (midfierlder or defensive)

    LEVEL: semi pro

    HEIGHT: 5.ft 6inch

    WEIGHT: 68kg

    SPEED: 11.45secs

    MILE TIME: 5min54secs

    STRENGTH: 80%

    Endurance: 85%

    TECHNIQUE: 70%

    AGILITY: 80%

    ARE YOU REPRESENTED?: Looking for agent And Manager

    POSITION PLAYED: Attacker and midfrielder

    PRESENT CLUB: migthy amphibious football club of port- harcourt

    PREVIOUS CLUB: Sharks Football Club of port harcourt And Atak Football Club of Lagos

    PHONE NUMBER: +2348064966986

    EMAIL: emmanuelee_4kings@yahoo.com