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The Curious Case of Andy Najar

Posted in CONCACAF with tags , , on November 11, 2010 by Grant

No. Sadly this post is not a sensational exposé about how MLS rookie of the year Andy Najar was in fact born with the physical appearance of a 70-year-old man and subsequently began to age backward. But it might serve as future reference material for migrant footballers around the globe wishing to dodge the awkward question of which country they’ll represent internationally.

We’ve written about Najar previously. And as his stock continues to rise, so does the ambiguity of his statements about whether he will eventually don a Honduran or an American shirt for international play.

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Needed: a Canadian Andy Najar

Posted in Canada, Honduras, MLS with tags , on July 20, 2010 by Grant

Reports out of Honduras indicate that MLS rookie hit Andy Najar is leaning towards representing the U.S.A. internationally, rather than Honduras, his country of birth.

In short, Najar moved to Virginia when he was 13 and joined the D.C. United youth academy about two years later. He signed a Generation Adidas contract in 2010 and became the second D.C. United player to sign directly with the team from their youth academy.

Back in Honduras, Najar’s uncle told a local newspaper that a decision will be made in the next few days. The uncle said that the United States and D.C. United “have opened the doors for (Najar)” in terms of developing his footballing career, and that the MLS club helped his family gain proper immigration papers in the U.S.

Make no mistake, the Hondurans want Najar. They’ve already gone ahead and named him to their U20 squad.

(One of Najar’s childhood coaches in Honduras also says Najar will have a three-week trial with Arsenal once the MLS season is over.)

So back to the headline. This is why having three MLS academies in Canada is so important. More opportunities for young kids to find those doors opened here, and to choose Canada because they spent their formative years player soccer in this country.