Carlo Costly

Carlo Costly
Carlo Costly
Houston Dynamo
Real Name: Carlo Costly
HT: 6' 2" WT: 187
Age: 33 (07/18/1982)
Birthplace: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Hometown: San Pedro Sula, Honduras

OUTLOOK: Talented forward with size, skill, and international experience acquired in August 2011.

2011 MLS: Made 11 appearances after being acquired in August, including seven starts, and contributed one goal and one assist ... Made Dynamo and MLS debut as substitute and helped Houston rally from behind in 1-1 tie at PHI on 8/6 ... Made first start at home in 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14 ... Helped Dynamo rally for 1-1 tie on 8/17 at NE, heading shot from corner kick that was saved, leading to Bobby Boswell's goal ... Earned first MLS assist by feeding Brad Davis to set up Brian Ching's goal in 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20 ... Fired shot off post that could have tied game in 3-0 loss at KC on 9/10 ... Was later ejected from match and missed 9/14 game at CLB due to suspension ... Drew foul that led to opening goal in playoff-clinching 2-0 win at POR on 10/14 ... Scored first MLS goal with powerful header in 3-1 win vs. LA on 10/23 ... Playoffs: Appeared in all four playoff games as a substitute to help Dynamo reach MLS Cup final and scored once ... Broke behind defense and rifled left-footed shot inside left post for clinching goal in 2-0 win at KC for Eastern Conference championship on 11/6.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Has played for five clubs in five countries in his professional career ... Most recently scored two goals in 11 games for Atlas Guadalajara in the 2011 Clausura season in Mexico ... Scored four goals in just 13 games for Romanian club Vaslui in 2010 ... Loaned and eventually transferred to GKS Bełchatów in Poland for 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10 seasons ... Spent latter part of 2009 season on loan to Birmingham City in England ... Turned professional with Honduran club Platense in 2006 and led Honduran league in scoring with 10 goals as Platense finished fifth.

INTERNATIONAL: Honduras international (51 caps, 20 goals) ... 2011: Joint leading scorer in helping Honduras to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals ... Netted a hat trick in 7-1 group stage demolition of Grenada on 6/10 ... Played at Robertson Stadium in pre-tournament friendly vs. El Salvador on 5/29 and scored in 2-2 tie ... Was called up for friendly vs. Venezuela less than one week after joining Dynamo and scored both goals in 2-0 Honduras win on 8/10 ... Won 50th career cap in 2-0 loss vs. Colombia in New Jersey on 9/3 ... Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at United States on 10/8 ... 2010: Missed World Cup due to ankle injury suffered in club play ... 2009: Key figure as Honduras qualified for its first World Cup since Costly's father's squad played in the finals in 1982 ... Second-leading scorer in final round of CONCACAF qualifying with five goals ... Also helped Honduras reach semifinals of CONCACAF Gold Cup with two goals ... In qualifying, scored twice in landmark 3-1 win vs. Mexico on 4/1 ... Scored opening goal in 2-1 loss at United States on 6/6 ... Netted twice in 4-0 win vs. Costa Rica on 8/12 ... Came on as a sub in 1-0 win at El Salvador on 10/14 that clinched World Cup spot ... Also scored in 2-1 friendly win vs. Latvia on 11/14 ... 2008: Helped Honduras advance to final round of World Cup qualifying ... Netted first goal of qualifying campaign in 3-1 win vs. Canada on 10/11 ... Played all 90 minutes in decisive 1-0 win vs. Mexico on 11/19 to win semifinal group ... His header from a corner kick was deflected into the net by a Mexican defender for the only goal of the game ... Early in the year, scored in 2-0 win vs. Paraguay on 2/6 ... 2007: Tied for third in tournament with three goals as Honduras reached quarterfinals of CONCACAF Gold Cup ... Scored consolation goal in stoppage time of 3-2 loss vs. Panama on 6/8 ... Scored two second-half goals, including dramatic 90th-minute winner, as Honduras upset Mexico at Giants Stadium on 6/10 ... Scored first international goal in his first ever appearance for Honduras in pre-tournament 3-1 friendly win vs. Trinidad & Tobago on 6/2.

PERSONAL: Full name is Carlos Yaír Costly Molina ... Spent teenage years in Mexico City before beginning his pro career in Honduras ... Father, Anthony Costly, repesented Honduras at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain and played professionally, most notably for Real Espana in Honduras and Malaga in Honduras.

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