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Rumor Central: Whitecaps on verge of signing Honduran defender?

29 January 3:12 pm

Rumor Central: Whitecaps on verge of signing Honduran defender?

By Simon Borg

Honduran media outlets say it's a done deal.

According to multiple publications from the Central American country, the Vancouver Whitecaps are on the verge of signing 22-year-old defender Johnny Leverón. He has featured for the Honduras senior national team as well as the Catrachos' 2012 Olympic team and the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup sides.

The Vancouver Whitecaps confirmed that Leverón is a player the club is interested in, but they stopped short of confirming reports of his imminent signing.

The articles claim that Leverón was out of contract with Honduran side Motagua, paving his way to an MLS contract.

If the signing is confirmed, it would be the latest offseason transaction involving an elite Honduran player and MLS. Walter Martínez recently joined Colorado Rapids camp in search of a contract that would allow him to play alongside former Honduran World Cup player Hendry Thomas. Arnold Peralta and Alex López have also been rumored to be moving stateside.

There are five MLS-based players on the Honduras national team roster for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against the United States on February 6 and that doesn't count Roger Espinoza, who earlier this month moved to Wigan Athletic after a lengthy career with Sporting Kansas City.