Michael Hoyos, once a sort-of Rossi figure before a car accident basically robbed him of two years of his career, and his brother, Kevin, have popped up in the headlines recently. In July, Michael (22) was loaned to OFI Crete of Superleague Greece, where he has played some first-team minutes. And recently, Kevin (20) was loaned to Victoria in Honduras.
The brothers were born to Argentine parents and grew up in California’s Central Coast but moved to Argentina to join Estudiantes seven years ago. Michael, of course, rose to enough prominence to become a part of the Argentine youth setup (nine appearances with the U-20s) before that 2011 car accident derailed his career. Kevin has never really had the pedigree, but he’s been having success with Victoria’s first team. Recently, in two different interviews, Kevin suggested a return to the US (and MLS) interests the brothers:
Either way, however, Hoyos believes the opportunity at Victoria will open doors regardless of his status at Estudiantes.
“I was playing on the reserves at Estudiantes,” he said. “I wasn’t getting my chance. They told me there was an opportunity in Honduras and I wanted to play first team football. It was a tough decision to leave Argentina because I was used to it. I was there for seven years.”
“This was a good idea for me to get my career started,” he continued. “I still have lots of games here in Honduras. I know I can play at the first team at Estudiantes but I just haven’t been given the chance yet. Maybe when I get back I can play on the first team. If not, there are lots of possibilities—maybe in the United States or Europe.”
Perhaps even as teammates?
According to Kevin, both brothers have been in talks with an MLS club about a move back north.
“I can’t say the team’s name out of respect,” Kevin Hoyos told Honduran daily La Prensa. “I came to Honduras to play while something gets defined there [in MLS].”
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