Andy Najar Makes The Right Call And Chooses Honduras

Posted In Features - By Ted Meyer On Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 With 0 Comments

Andy Najar finally made up his mind and chose Honduras today, and he made the right call. As much I would have loved to see him represent the United States one day, it was unrealistic to expect him to make that choice, considering his immigration status. He can now immediately jump into the Honduran national team as they begin qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and will most likely at least make the roster in their upcoming friendly against El Salvador in Houston.

He will probably be the central figure of that team in the upcoming years, and will undoubtedly be featured in the 2011 Gold Cup this June. That will be a factor for D.C. United, who will probably be without him  for at least part of June. However since they do have plenty of talent out on the win, they should be able to manage without him. It will certainly be interesting to see how the Honduran fans and media that come out to D.C. United and MLS games as he continues to rise in his MLS and on the Honduran national team.

This probably won’t be the last time we see a question come up about a young talent from an MLS youth team having to decide between his home country and his native country. It is the way this nation is made up. In a sense it is a good sign that these MLS academies are able to not only attract but grow foreign talent. It helps grow the global brand of the league and allows more talent in the U.S. teams, which always favors the game in the United States.

About Ted Meyer - Ted Meyer is a writer for The Allocation Order. He is also host of the Bring Back the Stripes Podcast, a D.C. United centered podcast on World Soccer and co-host of Around the League on the Champions Soccer Radio Network.

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