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Rumor Central: Is Victor Bernardez steering two Honduran internationals to San Jose?

25 December 6:01 de la tarde

Rumor Central: Is Victor Bernardez steering two Honduran internationals to San Jose?

By Greg Lalas

In his first season in MLS, Honduran international Victor Bernardez helped lead the San Jose Earthquakes to the Supporters Shield, and, on a personal level, he was named to the MLS Best XI.

Now, it looks like he might be doing things off the field to help the club. In this Q&A with Honduran side Diez.hn, Bernardez revealed that, at the request of the Quakes' technical staff, he has networked to try to bring two more Honduran internationals to San Jose.

"I played in the national team with them," Bernardez said. "The important thing is that they are good people. That's what the president of San Jose wants: harmony in the dressing room."

Bernardez cited sensitivities around the contract negotiations and declined to reveal the names of his two potential new teammates.

The Quakes' roster already includes another Honduran international, midfielder Marvin Chavez, who was instrumental in the side's high-scoring attack.

More and more Hondurans have joined MLS in recent years, including Houston's Boniek Garcia, New England's Jerry Bengtson, Colorado's Henry Thomas, and Seattle's Mario Martinez, among others.

This offseason has seen several of Martinez's 2012 Olympic teammates linked to MLS. Seattle have reportedly been chasing CD Victoria defender Wilmer Crisanto for a while, while Olimpia defender Johnny Leveron, Victoria defender Jose David Velasquez, and Olimpia attacking midfielder Alex "the Honduran Maradona" Lopez have popped up on various radars. 

"I'm proud because managers are becoming interested in the quality of Honduran footballer," Bernardez said.