Two Dynamo Players Called up for International Duty
HOUSTON - Two Houston Dynamo players and a Rio Grande Valley FC midfielder were named to the rosters of their respective national teams ahead of the upcoming FIFA international fixture dates, the club announced today.
Forwards Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto were called up by the National Autonomous Federation of Football of Honduras (FENAFUTH). RGV FC midfielder Pablo Aguilar was selected by the National Football Federation of Guatemala (FENAFUTG) to face Israel on Nov. 15. Aguilar scored two goals and tallied an assist in 27 games for the Dynamo's USL affiliate.
Honduras and Panama will face one another on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 p.m. CST at Estadio Nacional Tiburcio Car -as Andino in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Los Catrachos will travel to Temuco, Chile on Tuesday, Nov. 20. to face Chile at Estadio Municipal Germán Becker at 6:15 p.m. CST.
Elis has earned 29 caps for Honduras and has scored seven goals at the international level. Quioto has appeared in 41 international matches and has scored eight goals for Los Catrachos. The duo were last called in to the national team for a friendly against the United Arab Emirates in Barcelona, Spain on Oct. 11, with Quioto scoring the opening goal in the 1-1 draw.
After finishing their second season with the Dynamo, Elis and Quioto continue to prove to be integral parts to one of Major League Soccer's most dangerous front lines. Elis finished with 11 goals and 10 assists last season, becoming the first Dynamo player to record double-digit goals and assists in the same year. Meanwhile, Quioto finished the regular season with six goals and 12 assists, becoming one of three players in club history to record that many assists in one season.
Both players were integral in helping the Dynamo win the club's first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship. During the Open Cup Final against the Philadelphia Union, Elis recorded two assists, while a cross from Quioto late in the match resulted in an own goal for Philadelphia that virtually sealed the victory. Quioto also scored two goals in Houston's 4-2 quarterfinal victory over Sporting Kansas City to keep the club's championship run alive.
The Dynamo concluded the 2018 season with a record of 10-16-8 to finish ninth in the MLS Western Conference. By winning the U.S. Open Cup, the club qualified for the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, which will begin play in mid-February. The Champions League draw will take place in early December in Miami, at which time Houston's first opponent will be determined. The club will open its 2019 Major League Soccer campaign in early March.
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