Houston Dynamo have picked up another young designated player as they signed Alberth Elis from CF Monterrey on Tuesday. The Honduran international player will be joining Houston on a 12 month loan as they look to improve their squad.
Elis joins Houston with the potential to turn the loan deal in to a permanent deal, as Houston and Monterrey negotiated a fee for after the loan period. That will essentially make Ellis’ first season with Houston a trial, of course if he excels Monterrey could theoretically call him back.
Playing for the national under 23 side will have Elis as a name that US Soccer fans will remember as it was Elis who condemned the US to the Olympic playoff. Elis scored a brace against the United States in the CONCACAF Semi-final, knocking the US out.
He has done well at international level for Honduras having scored three goals through his 15 appearances. The crowning achievement of Elis’ career has come at under 23 level as Honduras finished fourth at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Monterrey has only been Elis’ club since August, and he has appeared in just five matches through the season. That is likely why Monterrey have sought to loan Elis out, trying to find him more game time which Houston will presumably provide.
Prior to joining Monterrey, Elis was at CD Olimpia, a regular source of Honduran talent, managing 25 goals in 62 matches. While there Elis won the Clausura in 2014 and 2015, and won Best Young Player in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League. Elis is the third player from Olimpia in the current Dynamo squad with Boniek Garcia and Jose Escalante.