Former DC United Homegrown Andy Najar to take break from Honduran national team

Andy Najar, Honduras

Andy Najar is taking a break from the Honduran national team.

Now with Belgian club Anderlecht, the D.C. United academy graduate and 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year released a letter via his agent’s Twitter account on Monday announcing his intention to step away from Los Catrachos.

Najar, 22, said that he’s going on hiatus from Honduras to deal with pressing family issues.

Najar made 82 appearances in three seasons with D.C., helping the club to the 2012 Eastern Conference regular season title before leaving for Belgium in January 2013. He has 31 career caps with Honduras, and played in two of the country’s three matches at the 2014 World Cup.

Honduras will kick off the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying next month, taking on Canada at BC Place on Nov. 13 before hosting Mexico in San Pedro Sula on Nov. 17.