- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 19, 2012
- 0 Comments
- Moises Hernandez
The Home Grown Player system in Major League Soccer has some good things and some bad things. One of the bad things is getting these young players proper playing time. The Reserve league fills this need some but not nearly enough to be fully beneficial to all clubs.
Some clubs like D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union have turned to loans to lower division in the US to get their young players the time that they need to develop.
FC Dallas is close to loaning out one of their (many) HGPs today as defender Moises Hernandez is set to be loaned out to Guatemalan side Comunicaciones. The deal is apparently complete.
FC Dallas defender Moises Hernandez loan deal to Comunicaciones complete
— Brent Latham (@BrentJavan) June 19, 2012
This would be the second MLS club to loan a HGP to a foreign club – Chivas USA previously loaned forward Tristan Bowen to a Belgian side last year.
Hernandez is the only homegrown of four 2010 FCD graduates (Bryan Leyva, Ruben Luna, Victor Ulloa) to have not seen playing time in an MLS game this season. He has struggled to find playing time for FCD this season behind Jair Benitez and Carlos Rodriguez at left back with his sole competitive appearance coming in the US Open Cup loss to Charlotte Eagles.
In short, this is great to see. The loan is expected to be for six months – or the rest of the year if you will. Hernandez needs proper playing time and a move like this should only help that process out. I’m not entirely familiar with Comunicaciones’ needs at this point but I have been told he should see a fair amount of playing time in their system.
There has been a question as to whether or not the HGP system is really good or not lately around the MLS circles. Moves like this mean the system is still a work in process but in a way a move like this shows that teams are still willing to invest in their future.
Hopefully more clubs follow suit here and continue to loan players out that aren’t getting the proper playing time that they need to develop.