SAN JOSE, CA.- Back in November, Glasgow born San Jose Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear was spotted at Parkhead to observe the local Scottish Premiership giants take on arguably one of the world’s best in FC Barcelona. A Champions League match was the ideal scenario to scout individual performances from “The Bhoys” who had implications to perform in front of what always is an unparalleled Celtic Park.
Roger Espinoza claims Emilio Izaguirre would “Love to Play” for San Jose Earthquakes
Honduran left back Emilio Izaguirre was the reported man Coach Kinnear had traveled thousands of miles to analyze, which resulted in a link for the purchase of his services. The 30-year-old, has been featuring for Celtic since 2010. Within that time he has registered 26 appearances in both Champions League and Europa League combined; alongside with his 173 appearances for the Scottish champions. In addition, “Izzy” has represented Honduras in multiple World Cups (2010, 2014).
The Honduran, stepped foot in Avaya Stadium prior to the CONCACAF Hexagonal match against the USMNT. A Central American team that is very much familiar with MLS; with five players on the current 23-player list playing for American clubs. Longtime teammate and current Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza opened about the possible arrival of Izaguirre to MLS.
“Yeah, I have spoken to him (on MLS transfer),” said Espinoza. “I am actually pressuring him to come here.”
Quakes President Dave Kaval revealed a couple of weeks ago that the black and blue will be busy during the summer transfer window. At around that time, Izaguirre’s contract would be up in Glasgow, and with no extension speculated it would call for an ideal free transfer for the Bay-Area side.
“He said he still has a year left at Celtic, but he doesn’t know the possibilities what they are yet,” said Espinoza. “But, he would love to play here and be close to home.”