WASHINGTON, D.C. January 30, 2013 — Andy Najar, D.C. United’s talented defender/midfielder has been transferred to R.S.C. Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League.
Najar becomes Major League Soccer’s first homegrown talent to permanently move to a European club. Najar had been training with Anderlecht since early December. He was loaned to club for the month of January and has now completed the move. Details of the deal were not disclosed.
Anderlecht won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1976 and 1978 and regularly play in the UEFA Champions League.
The 19-year-old, who was the MLS’s rookie of the year in 2010, has already scored in a reserve for his new team. The Honduran talent who was raided in the Washington D.C. area, has also been called up by the Honduran national team for the crucial World Cup qualifier against the U.S. team on Feb.6 in Honduras.
Najar signed with the United’s first team in 2010 directly from United’s Academy and has been a regular starter.
“It has been very rewarding to watch Andy grow and develop into becoming the special player that he is,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper. “This transfer is a testament to the hard work of our Academy staff, to Ben and his staff for their patience and vision, and to the MLS Homegrown Player initiative.
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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