The New England Revolution have announced the signing of Honduran forward Jerry Bengtson on a transfer from Honduras’ CD Motagua.
Bengtson, who recently led La Liga Nacional de Honduras in scoring for three straight seasons, will be formally added to the team’s roster upon receipt of his U.S. P-1 Visa and his International Transfer Certificate. He will occupy both designated player and international roster spots on the Revolution’s roster once added. Per league and club policies, further contract details will not be released.
“We’re very pleased that we’ve added Jerry to our squad,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “He is very well-known within CONCACAF and has been a reliable, consistent scorer for both club and country. We’re looking forward to getting him integrated into our system as quickly as possible and to getting him out on the field in MLS games.”
The 25-year-old Bengtson, playing for Honduras’ Vida, won the La Liga scoring titles in 2010 and 2011 with 13 and 12 goals, respectively.
He moved to Motagua in November 2010, and again won the league’s scoring title with 15-goals. His 15-goal season was the league’s highest single-season output by a single player since Carlos Pavon scored 15 goals in the 2007 Clausura season.
Bengtson has been a member of the Honduras National Team since 2010, earning 22 caps and scoring eight goals. He earned his first-ever cap on April 21, 2010, in a 1-0 loss to Venezuela in a friendly. His first international goal came in a friendly against Ecuador on Feb. 9, 2011. Bengtson scored three goals for Honduras during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup as the team advanced to the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Mexico.
Bengtson has been named to Honduras’ 2012 Olympic roster as one of its three overage players in the Under-23 tournament, and the Revolution has granted him permission to represent Honduras at the Olympic games in London later this month.
Looks like a good signing for the Revs, but what does it say about Jose Moreno, who was supposed to be the big goalscorer that the Revs signed from Colombia before the season started? Moreno has been a big disappointment, and I wonder if we will see him traded or let go during this transfer window?