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Houston Dynamo complete full transfer for Alberth Elis

The Dynamo got their panther. Honduran forward goes from loan to permanent player in Houston.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

La Panterita is here to stay.

The Houston Dynamo completed a full transfer of Alberth Elis from C.F. Monterrey the club announced on Wednesday. He joined the club as a Designated Player.

The forward spent the 2017 season in orange scoring ten goals and four assists for the club. Elis was critical in Houston’s turnaround from last season which saw them go from finishing 2016 at the bottom of the Western Conference to making it all the way to the Western Conference Finals in 2017. He scored the game winning goal in Houston’s playoff win against Sporting Kansas City in the Knockout Round of the MLS Playoffs.

“We are looking forward to Alberth continuing to bring his desire to attack defenders with his speed, his decision-making, and his scoring mentality. That is something that Alberth brought in 2017 and we hope he brings that again in 2018,” said Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera via team release. “We are going to help him develop different skills, so he can grow as a player and help the team.”

Elis is also a member of the Honduran national team playing in 11 games this year for Los Catrachos. He scored four goals during Honduras’ seven World Cup Qualifying matches.

Elis was nomination for the CONCACAF Best XI squad this year in addition to being named to MLS’ 24 Under 24 list. He earned weekly league honors as part of the MLS Team of the Week in Week 23, and AT&T MLS Goal of the Week honors for his goal against Orlando City SC in Week 10.

The signing uses up the last DP slot that the Dynamo had available. He joins Tomas Martinez and Cubo Torres as the team’s designated players. Elis is the eighth player holding an international roster slot for the team.