Alexandria’s Andy Najar named to Honduran World Cup squad

Andy Najar (Anderlecht photo)
Andy Najar (Anderlecht photo)

Andy Najar, the former D.C. United star from Alexandria’s Edison High School, was among 23 players named to the Honduran World Cup squad Monday.

Najar, 21, is the second-youngest player on the roster. The Honduran-born wing, who arrived in the United States at age 13, also represented the Catrachos at the 2012 Olympics. Honduras will begin workouts next week in Florida. Najar will join the group May 19, the day after his season with Anderlecht in Belgium concludes.

Honduras will name seven others to the provisional roster and formally submit the final roster by FIFA’s June 2 deadline.

Najar has started 22 league matches for Anderlecht and scored twice this season, his first full campaign since transferring from United in January 2013. He also started an UEFA Champions League game. With three matches remaining, Anderlecht is a point behind first-place Standard Liege.

Najar is among eight current or former MLS players on the Honduran squad, joining defenders Victor Bernardez (San Jose) and Mario Martinez (ex-Seattle), midfielders Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston), Marvin Chavez (Colorado) and Roger Espinoza (ex-Kansas City), and forwards Jerry Bengtson (New England) and Carlo Costly (ex-Houston).

Honduras will play three friendlies in the United States before traveling to Brazil: Turkey on May 29 at Washington’s RFK Stadium, Israel on June 1 at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium and England on June 7 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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Steven Goff · May 5, 2014