Player Details


Carlo Costly


6' 2"


187 lbs

Date of Birth

7.18.1982 (38)


San Pedro Sula, Honduras


2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

2011 MLS: Joined Houston in August and helped club reach MLS Cup final, scoring one goal in the regular season and adding the clinching goal in the Eastern Conference final … Made 11 regular-season appearances, including seven starts, and posted one goal and one assist ... Made Dynamo and MLS debut as substitute and helped Houston rally from behind in 1-1 tie at PHI on 8/6 ... Made first start at home in 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14 ... Helped Dynamo rally for 1-1 tie on 8/17 at NE, heading shot from corner kick that was saved, leading to Bobby Boswell's goal ... Earned first MLS assist by feeding Brad Davis to set up Brian Ching's goal in 3-2 win vs. RSL on 8/20 ... Fired shot off post that could have tied game in 3-0 loss at KC on 9/10 ... Was later ejected from match and missed 9/14 game at CLB due to suspension ... Drew foul that led to opening goal in playoff-clinching 2-0 win at POR on 10/14 ... Scored first MLS goal with powerful header in 3-1 win vs. LA on 10/23 ... Playoffs: Appeared in all four playoff games as a substitute to help Dynamo reach MLS Cup final and scored once ... Broke behind defense and rifled left-footed shot inside left post for clinching goal in 2-0 win at KC for Eastern Conference championship on 11/6 … Appeared as a substitute in MLS Cup final loss at LA on 11/20.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Journeyman has played for nine clubs in eight countries in his professional career, including his stint with Houston in 2011 … Joined Chinese club Guizhou Zhicheng in 2013 and scored at least eight goals, but club was relegated to China League Two (third division) … Went without a cub between leaving Houston after the 2011 season and joining Greek club Veria in August 2012 … Scored six goals in 25 league appearances in the 2012-13 season … Scored two goals in 11 games for Atlas Guadalajara in the 2011 Clausura season in Mexico … Scored four goals in just 13 games for Romanian club Vaslui in 2010 … Loaned and eventually transferred to GKS Be┼échatów in Poland for 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10 seasons … Spent latter part of 2009 season on loan to Birmingham City in England … Turned professional with Honduran club Platense in 2006 and led Honduran league in scoring with 10 goals as Platense finished fifth.

INTERNATIONAL: Honduras international (70 caps, 30 goals) … Has enjoyed particular success against Mexico, where he lived as a teenager, scoring six goals and setting up two others (own goal, drawn penalty kick) in five all-time starts against El Tri … Honduras has a 4-0-1 record in those games but is 0-2-1 against Mexico when Costly comes off the bench … 2013: Started nine of 10 World Cup qualifying matches for Honduras and scored four goals to help Honduras qualify for its second consecutive World Cup … Led Honduran comeback in 2-2 tie vs. Mexico on March 22, scoring in the 77th minute and drawing a penalty kick that set up Jerry Bengtson's goal in the 80th minute to tie the game … Left after 33 minutes of match at United States on June 18 … Continued his impressive career totals against Mexico when he scored game-winning goal in 66th minute of 2-1 win at Mexico on Sept. 6 … Scored opening goal in 2-2 tie vs. Panama on Sept. 20 … Scored in second minute of 2-2 tie at Jamaica on Oct. 15 that clinched World Cup spot … Returned to Houston for his first game in BBVA Compass Stadium and came off the bench to score two goals in 2-2 tie against Ecuador on Nov. 19 … 2012: Scored four goals in seven starts for Honduras, including a hat trick in 8-1 demolition of Canada on Oct. 16 that clinched Honduras' spot in the final round of World Cup qualifying … Also scored in friendly against El Salvador at RFK Stadium on June 2 … 2011: Joint leading scorer in helping Honduras to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals … Netted a hat trick in 7-1 group stage demolition of Grenada on 6/10 … Played at Robertson Stadium in pre-tournament friendly vs. El Salvador on 5/29 and scored in 2-2 tie … Was called up for friendly vs. Venezuela less than one week after joining Dynamo and scored both goals in 2-0 Honduras win on 8/10 … Won 50th career cap in 2-0 loss vs. Colombia in New Jersey on 9/3 … 2010: Missed World Cup due to ankle injury suffered in club play … 2009: Key figure as Honduras qualified for its first World Cup since Costly's father's squad played in the finals in 1982 … Second-leading scorer in final round of CONCACAF qualifying with five goals … Also helped Honduras reach semifinals of CONCACAF Gold Cup with two goals … In qualifying, scored twice in landmark 3-1 win vs. Mexico on 4/1 … Scored opening goal in 2-1 loss at United States on 6/6 … Netted twice in 4-0 win vs. Costa Rica on 8/12 … Came on as a sub in 1-0 win at El Salvador on 10/14 that clinched World Cup spot … Also scored in 2-1 friendly win vs. Latvia on 11/14 … 2008: Helped Honduras advance to final round of World Cup qualifying … Netted first goal of qualifying campaign in 3-1 win vs. Canada on 10/11 … Played all 90 minutes in decisive 1-0 win vs. Mexico on 11/19 to win semifinal group … His header from a corner kick was deflected into the net by a Mexican defender for the only goal of the game … Early in the year, scored in 2-0 win vs. Paraguay on 2/6 … 2007: Tied for third in tournament with three goals as Honduras reached quarterfinals of CONCACAF Gold Cup … Scored consolation goal in stoppage time of 3-2 loss vs. Panama on 6/8 … Scored two second-half goals, including dramatic 90th-minute winner, as Honduras upset Mexico at Giants Stadium on 6/10 … Scored first international goal in his first ever appearance for Honduras in pre-tournament 3-1 friendly win vs. Trinidad & Tobago on 6/2.

PERSONAL: Full name is Carlos Yaír Costly Molina … Spent teenage years in Mexico City before beginning his pro career in Honduras … Father, Anthony Costly, repesented Honduras at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain and played professionally, most notably for Real Espana in Honduras and Malaga in Honduras.



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