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Know thy target: A bit on Alex Lopez

This afternoon, it became known that the Houston Dynamo are once again in talks with Honduran club Olimpia with regards to midfielder Alex Lopez. They seem more substantial this time around, and as such, Dynamo Theory would like to give you all a bit of a primer on Lopez.

Alex Lopez in the Honduras Blue & Whites
Alex Lopez in the Honduras Blue & Whites

It's fairly well-known that the young Honduran Alex Lopez has been in the sights of the Dynamo front office - a quick search of his name brought up several Dynamo Theory articles on him from this January (read them here and here), as well as several from other sources.

It's also generally agreed that the idea to pursue Lopez was helped along - if not prompted by - his former club teammate, Boniek Garcia, who joined the Dynamo from Olimpia this time last season. Garcia himself had acknowledged the Dynamo's interest back in January, and one would have to guess that the two have been in contact since then.

Dynamo fans might remember Lopez from his start aganst the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium in the CONCACAF Champions League last year, where he played 70 minutes in the midfield before being substituted off in Houston's 1-0 victory on 23 October. He also played a full 90 minutes for the Honduran national team in the 2-0 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago here at BBVA last month.

Lopez, who turned 21 back in June, has logged 20 goals and 39 assists from 61 appearances across all competitions for Olimpia, and has also featured for the Honduran national team at the U-17 World Cup in 2009, as well as last summer's Olympic Games in London, though he has yet to score or assist on a goal at the international level.

I'm not going to comment or speculate on his nickname at Olimpia, which is apparently "the Honduran Maradona," but I do feel that if this deal does go through, the Dynamo will have picked up their second Honduran Designated Player - and a young man who, like his countryman Boniek Garcia, could well be in orange for a while.