Dynamo confirm interest in Garcia
A day after announcing a trade for midfielder Adam Moffat, reports
surfaced out of Honduras that the Houston Dynamo are closing in on
another long sought-after target: Honduran international and Olimpia
right winger Oscar Boniek García.
According to Honduran news outlet La Tribuna, the Dynamo have
been in negotiations with Olimpia about García’s services and the
deal rests on the approval of Olimpia president Rafael Ferrari. The Washington Post also reported on Friday that the Dynamo put a discovery claim on García.
The Dynamo, however, were not prepared to go that far in their acknowledgement of their interest in the World Cup veteran.
“I can’t comment specifically on the status of the negotiations, but he
is a player we have been tracking,” Dynamo president of business
operations Chris Canetti told MLSsoccer.com on Friday. “He’s a player
that we have a keen interest in and has been on our radar for the last
García has played in Houston twice in the past two-and-a-half months.
He lined up for Honduras at Robertson Stadium against El Salvador in a
May 29 pre-Gold Cup friendly and was one of the more impressive players
on the field. He then followed that up with a memorable Gold Cup run in which the
26-year-old started all five matches for the Catratchos — including
their extra-time semifinal loss to Mexico at Reliant Stadium on June 22.
While García can play multiple positions, if brought to
Houston, he could fill an immediate attacking need, something the club
has been adamant about addressing since the offseason.
García is expected to suit up for Olimpia for a friendly against fellow
Honduran Primera División rivals Motagua on Saturday in a friendly
match in New Orleans. The Tegucigalpa-based club also has a CONCACAF
Champions League qualifying series against Mexican club Santos on July
27 and August 3.
Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on twitter at @Dynamoexaminer.