On the last full day of the MLS summer transfer window, the Houston Dynamo added Keyner Brown and Jose Escalante via season long loans, with an option to buy after it expires. The Dynamo organization was especially familiar with Escalante, as he's been with their USL affiliate RGVFC this season after being loaned from Olimpia in Honduras. That's also the club that produced Boniek Garcia, Alex Lopez, and Luis Garrido. Escalante, the 21 year old former U-20 Honduran World Cup captain, says he's, "very happy for this opportunity, and now he has to work hard."
Escalante is an explosive winger, who is fearless in taking on defenders or firing shots on goal from distance. Even when the movement offensively wasn't there for RGVFC, Jose was always pressuring, always attacking to create opportunities. He had three goals and two assists in 14 matches for the Toros, and has trained intermittently with the first team throughout the season. This is the first move by Houston to fully acquire a player from their USL hybrid partner and Escalante truly valued his time with RGVFC. "The Toros helped me in many ways. They are good guys, and I have many friends with the Toros," said the young forward. When the Dynamo officially announced the move, Wilmer Cabrera was specifically highlighted as a big part in the development of Escalante. Jose adds, "Wilmer is a fundamental part of this contract. The doors opened with the Toros, and I learned many things. I'm grateful for everything that he helped me with."
To all the Dynamo fans, he wants you to know, "I will work hard to play, and to help the team win games." As for how he's enjoying American cuisine, Escalante says his favorite restaurant so far in the United States is Which Wich, the delicious sandwich shop.