Jorge Claros

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Jorge Claros
Personal information
Full name Jorge Aarón Claros Juárez[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth La Ceiba, Honduras
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Vida
2005–2014 Motagua
2012–2013 Hibernian (loan) 44 (0)
2014– Sporting Kansas City 1 (0)
National team
2005 Honduras U-20 5 (0)
2007–2008 Honduras U-23 5 (0)
2006– Honduras 49 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Claros and the second or maternal family name is Juárez.

Jorge Aarón Claros Juárez (born 8 January 1986) is a Honduran footballer, who plays for Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer.

Club career[edit]

Claros started his career at Vida before joining Honduran giants Motagua in 2005. In January 2012 he went on trial at Scottish club Rangers.[2] He then went on trial with another Scottish club, Hibernian,[3] and he signed a loan contract with Hibernian on 31 January.[4] Claros helped Hibernian to reach the 2012 Scottish Cup Final, but he was substituted during the first half of a 5–1 defeat to Hearts.[5] Despite this performance, Hibs manager Pat Fenlon claimed that Claros would improve during the 2012–13 season.[5] On 16 January 2013, Hibs stated that the clubs were in discussions about the possibility of extending the loan agreement.[6] Later in January, the deal was extended until the end of the 2012–13 season.[7] Claros helped Hibernian reach the 2013 Scottish Cup Final, which ended in a 3–0 defeat to Celtic. He was offered a long term contract by Hibernian, but returned to Motagua because they continued to demand a large transfer fee.[8]

Claros signed with Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City on July 16, 2014.[9]

International career[edit]

Claros was a member of the Honduras national football team at the 2005 Youth World Cup in Netherlands and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He made his debut for the senior national team in an August 2006 friendly match against Venezuela and has, as of July 2012, earned a total of 30 caps, scoring 2 goals. He has represented his country in 3 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[10] and played at the 2007[11] and 2011 UNCAF Nations Cups[12] as well as at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[13]

Claros was recalled to the national team in September 2012 for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Cuba.[14] He scored the only goal of the game in a 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against El Salvador, which meant that Honduras secured a place in the knockout stages of the tournament.[15] He helped Honduras qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where they were drawn with France, Ecuador and Switzerland.[8] Claros played as a substitute in their first game, a 3–0 defeat by France.[8] He then came into the starting lineup for the second match, as Wilson Palacios had been sent off against France.[8] Claros "added some composure", but Honduras lost 2–1 to Ecuador.[8]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 January 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Guatemala 2–1 3–1 2011 Copa Centroamericana
2. 3–1
3. 12 July 2013 Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, USA  El Salvador 1–0 1–0 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Shooting[edit]

Claros was shot in the head on 16 June 2011 after car thieves failed to steal his vehicle.[16][8] As he stopped his car to drop off a friend, 2 unidentified men with pistols shot at them, and Claros was hit in the shoulder and in the head.[8] Claros managed to drive himself to the hospital and it was found that the wounds were not near fatal.[8] Within three weeks Claros was back playing football for Motagua, his club at the time.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 August 2013[17]
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hibernian (loan) 2011–12 10 0 3 0 0 0 13 0
2012–13 29 0 3 0 1 0 33 0
Hibernian totals 39 0 6 0 1 0 46 0
International
As of 14 August 2013[18]
Honduras national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 4 0
2007 12 0
2010 6 0
2011 9 2
2012 3 0
2013 7 1
Total 41 3

Honours[edit]

Motagua
2006–07 A
2007 UNCAF
2010–11 C

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 19. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rangers welcome Enar Jaager and Jorge Claros on trial". BBC Sport (BBC). 16 January 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  3. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (30 January 2012). "Hibernian take Rangers target Jorge Claros on trial". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Claros signs". www.hibernianfc.co.uk (Hibernian FC). 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Scott, Jim (25 June 2012). "Pat’s Jorge faith". The Scottish Sun (News International). Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Transfer Window Update". www.hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian FC. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hibernian: Jorge Claros agrees loan extension". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ames, Nick (24 June 2014). "Jorge Claros: from being shot in the head to playing at the World Cup". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  9. ^ McDowell, Sam (July 16, 2014). "Sporting Kansas City signs midfielders Jorge Claros and Martin Steuble". Kansas City Star. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ Jorge ClarosFIFA competition record
  11. ^ UNCAF Tournament 2007 - RSSSF
  12. ^ Copa Centroamericana 2011 (UNCAF Nations Cup) - RSSSF
  13. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details - RSSSF
  14. ^ "Claros: Havana Good Time". www.hibernianfc.co.uk (Hibernian FC). 4 September 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Kurtenbach, Dieter (13 July 2013). "Gold Cup: Honduras scores in stoppage time to beat El Salvador 1-0". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Jardine, Peter (17 June 2011). "Parkhead transfer hopeful Claros is grazed in homeland shooting after car-jacking". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Jorge Claros career stats at Soccerbase
  18. ^ Jorge Claros at National-Football-Teams.com

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