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Catrachos win Najar sweepstakes
by Paul Kennedy, April 5th, 2011 5:53PM

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TAGS:  d.c. united, gold cup, men's national team, mls

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[HONDURAS] As expected, Andy Najar, the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year, announced on Tuesday that he will play internationally for his native Honduras, not the United States.

"It was a decision that my heart told me," the 18-year-old D.C. United midfielder said. "It came strictly from my heart."

He is immediately eligible to play for Honduras -- he hopes to represent the Catrachos at the 2011 Gold Cup -- but he only holds a green card, meaning it would be at least two more years before will be eligible for U.S. citizenship.

Najar, who moved to Virginia when he was 13, said he was always leaning toward playing for Honduras.

He had recently passed up a chance to represent Honduras in the Concacaf U-20 Championship.



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  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: April 6, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.
    Well, yet another talented player more than likely spurned aside by the so called brainiacs of US Soccer, the coaches of the various men's national teams, off to olay for his native country. One would have to be dull witted and not have any inkling that the Catrachos made a better offer to Najar and his parents/agents, while the US coaches turn their head away at none other than the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year! Such honors do not come very often, but it doesn't surprise me in the least that he's gone and there will be moans, groans, and complaints calling for a complete change in the higher atmosphere of US Soccer and it's coaching ranks! All I can say is BUENA SUERTE ANDY, Y QUE TE VAYA BIEN!!!

  1. Kevin Leahy
    commented on: April 6, 2011 at 10:47 p.m.
    I believe Bob Bradley's attitude toward the hispanic players might have something to do with it


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