Honduras will lean heavily on Andy Najar during their 2015 Gold Cup run. As Andy goes, so will Honduras likely go. MLS fans may recognize Najar from his early stint with D.C. United. From his early MLS success, Najar’s career has really taken off. Here are some intriguing things about the young player from Honduras.
1. Andy Najar Plays for Anderlecht
According to DCUnited.com, Najar currently plays for Anderlecht, one of the top teams in Belgium. He is currently under contract through the 2018 season. That has not stopped the rumors of Andy transferring to another club. Thus far, nothing of substance has materialized.
2. Andy Won the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2010
What makes this an even more remarkable accomplishment is Najar was just 17 years old, according to the D.C. United website. Andy scored a team-high 7 goals in his rookie campaign. Najar played a total of 3 seasons for D.C. United in the MLS before heading to Europe to play.
3. Najar’s Two Goals Sent Honduras to the Gold Cup
Honduras was on the brink of not even making it to the Gold Cup. That was before Andy Najar worked his magic. Najar scored two goals against French Guyana which gave them a slight aggregate lead to advance to the Gold Cup. Honduras will likely need great play out of Najar to have a long run in the Gold Cup.
4. Najar Would Love to Play for Arsenal
According to Mirror.co.uk, Najar would love to transfer to the English Premiere League. Arsenal is said to be Najar’s dream club and there seems to be mutual interest. Najar told the publication, “I would like to go to English football and have always had a team in England which has been my dream – Arsenal. I keep that in mind.” He currently plays in Belgium, but time will tell if he will play out his contract there. Najar’s agent later came out and said he believed Andy was not ready to make such a move.
5. Najar Scored His First Goal With Honduras During 2013 Gold Cup
In 2013, Andy Najar netted his first goal with the Honduras national team. Najar is expected to have an even greater role in the 2015 Gold Cup. He is one of the most talented players on the roster. However, time will tell if it will be enough for Honduras to advance out of the group stages in the tournament.