GUADALAJARA, Mexico – It may have only been 15 minutes, but FC Dallas loanee Moises Hernandez was delighted to make his debut for Guatemalan first-division side Comunicaciones on Saturday after a frustrating few months.
Hernandez headed to his father’s native land in June, but paperwork granting him Guatemalan citizenship took three months to complete. He only became eligible for playing time in mid-September, with half of the Apertura season already passed.
“I was just practicing every day and not playing, so it was frustrating,” the former US U-20 international told MLSsoccer.com from Guatemala on Monday, “but, at the same time, I’m happy it all worked out well.”
The long-awaited debut for the Dallas native went well, with the 20-year-old introduced with los Cremas already 2-0 up against Marquense and coach Rónald González wanting to shore up the left back spot to hold onto the two-goal cushion.
Hernandez is hoping that his successful debut will lead to more minutes as the season comes to a boil. His loan with top-of-the-league Comunicaciones ends in December, although Guatemala’s Liga Nacional will be suspended for the next two weeks due to World Cup qualifying.
“I talked to the coach, he said I played well and that he’s going to keep putting me in,” said Hernandez.
Next on the agenda for the young defender is a three-day trip back to Texas, where he has a meeting scheduled with FC Dallas to check in and update the club on his progress.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.