HOW ACQUIRED: Loaned from Monterrey on December 20, 2016. Acquired on a full transfer on Dec. 13, 2017.
Elis is an agile forward who can play on the left side, as a center forward or on the right. He has a knack for reading the flight of the ball and isn't shy about having a go at goal. He returns for his third season with Houston after nine goals and 10 assists in 2019.
INTERNATIONAL: The 24-year-old has scored 10 goals in 42 appearances with the Honduran national team since making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2014. Elis won the Golden Boot at the 2015 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship with four goals, including a brace against the United States in the semifinal to help Honduras qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Honduras advanced to the bronze medal game and Elis finished the tournament with two goals.
OUTSIDE MLS: A native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Elis joined Monterrey from Honduran club C.D. Olimpia on August 25, 2016 and appeared in five games. During his time with Olimpia, he scored 25 goals in 62 appearances over three years, helping the club win the Liga Nacional Clausura (spring) championship in 2014 and 2015. Elis was named the Best Young Player in the most recent edition of the CONCACAF Champions League after he scored two goals in four appearances for Olimpia.
NOTES: MLS All-Star (2018)