Alberth Elis

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Alberth Elis
Alberth Elis.jpg
Elis with the Dynamo in 2018
Personal information
Full name Alberth Josué Elis Martínez
Date of birth (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth San Juan Tela, Honduras[2]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Olimpia 62 (25)
2016–2017 Monterrey 5 (0)
2017Houston Dynamo (loan) 26 (10)
2018– Houston Dynamo 47 (18)
National team
2013 Honduras U17 11 (5)
2015 Honduras U20 8 (4)
2014 Honduras U21 2 (0)
2015–2016 Honduras U23 11 (6)
2014– Honduras 37 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2019

Alberth Josué Elis Martínez (born 12 February 1996), nicknamed La Panterita (The Little Panther), is a Honduran footballer who currently plays as a forward for Houston Dynamo from MLS and the Honduras national team.[3] He also played for Honduras in the 2016 Summer Olympics and helped them finished 4th.

Club career[edit]

Youth[edit]

He first played for the youth team of Real C.D. España in San Pedro Sula. He then moved to C.D. Olimpia, where he made his professional debut on September 2013.

Olimpia[edit]

Elis made his professional debut on 2 September 2013 in a Liga Nacional match against F.C. Motagua. Elis came on as substitute for Anthony Lozano to help secure a 2-1 win in the Clasico Capitalino.[4] He scored his first professional goal on 5 August 2014 to give Olimpia a 1-0 win over Alpha United in a CONCACAF Champions League match. His first league goal came on 24 August 2014 in a 4-0 win over C.D. Marathón. Elis would score again on September 21 against C.D.S. Vida as well as score the winner in a 2-1 victory against his former team Real España on 28 September.[4]

C.F. Monterrey[edit]

After 61 games and 25 goals with Olimpia, Elis joined Monterrey on 26 August 2016.[5] He made his debut for Monterrey on 10 September 2016 in a 0-0 draw with Club Tijuana.[6] After only 5 appearances and 0 goals or assists, Monterrey loaned Elis to MLS club Houston Dynamo for the 2017 season.[7]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

On 4 March, Elis made his debut with the Dynamo in the first game of the 2017 season; a 2–1 win over the defending champions Seattle Sounders.[8] Elis scored his first Dynamo goal in the team's next game as they won 3–1 against the Columbus Crew.[9] He helped the team qualify for the MLS Playoffs for the first time since 2013. In the opening game of the playoffs, Elis scored the winning goal in extra time against Sporting Kansas City.[10] Overall, he had a strong season, scoring 11 goals and recording 4 assists in 30 appearances across all competitions.[9] On 13 December, the Dynamo announced that they had acquired Elis on a full transfer from Monterrey.[11]

Elis recorded 2 assists in the first game of the 2018 season, a 4–0 win over Atlanta United.[12] On 29 June 2018, Elis was named in the team to play against Juventus F.C. in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game.[13] He came on as a halftime substitute for Carlos Vela. Elis had 2 assists in the US Open Cup Final on 26 September as the Dynamo defeated the Philadelphia Union 3–0 to win their first ever US Open Cup.[9] Elis finished the year with 21 combined goals and assists in MLS, a club single season record.[14]

On 27 February 2019, Elis came on as a sub in the second leg of the Dynamo's CONCACAF Champions League tie with CD Guastatoya and assisted Mauro Manotas's goal that gave the Dynamo the lead on aggregate.[15] On 16 March, Elis scored one and assisted on both of Memo Rodriguez's goals as the Dynamo beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2.[16] His performance saw him named to the MLS Team of the Week.[17] In Houston's next game, Elis helped the Dynamo get off to a fast start when he set up Memo Rodriguez for a goal in the 4th minute against the Colorado Rapids. He wasn't done terrorizing the defense however as he also scored one himself and hit 2 dangerous crosses that resulted in own goals, giving the Dynamo a 4-1 win over Colorado.[18] Elis was again named to the MLS Team of the Week.[19] In the Dynamo's next game, Elis stayed hot, scoring on a Manotas pass to give Elis a goal in his third straight game and to help the Dynamo get a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.[20] On 19 April, Elis converted a penalty to score in his 4th straight game, however the Dynamo would fall to the LA Galaxy 2-1.[4][21] On 27 April, Elis helped the Dynamo continue their good start to the season when he stole the ball, ran down the right wing before sending in a low cross that Manotas put into the net in the 3rd minute. Houston would go onto defeat the Columbus Crew 2-0.[22] On 4 May, Elis helped the Dynamo defeat rivals FC Dallas in a Texas Derby match, picking up an assist in root to a 2-1 win.[23] He made 4 appearances in the Dynamo's next 5 games, picking up 1 goal and 1 assist, before leaving to join the Honduran national team for the 2019 Gold Cup.[24][25] In his first game game back with the Dynamo after the Gold Cup, Elis scored once and collected 2 assists in a 4-0 win over the New York Red Bulls[24]. His performance saw him named to the MLS Team of the Week.[26] On 17 July, Elis received a red card after getting in the face of a referee in the 6th minute of a match with Atlanta United. The Dynamo went on to lose the game 5-0.[27] On top of the automatic one game suspension, Elis was issued an additional one game suspension by the league.[28] Elis returned from his suspension in 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire on 3 August, however he picked up a yellow card, meaning he was suspended for the Dynamo's next match due to yellow card accumulation.[29]

Career Statistics[edit]

As of 8 August 2019[3][30]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental[c] Other[d] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
CD Olimpia 2013–14 Liga Nacional 9 0 0 0 9 0
2014–15 18 6 3 1 6 1 27 8
2015–16 35 19 2 1 4 2 0 0 41 22
Total 62 25 5 2 0 0 10 3 0 0 77 30
C.F Monterrey 2016–17 Liga MX 5 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Houston Dynamo (loan) 2017 Major League Soccer 26 10 0 0 4 1 30 11
Houston Dynamo 2018 30 11 4 0 34 11
2019 17 7 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 22 7
Total 73 28 4 0 4 1 4 0 1 0 86 29
Career Total 140 53 9 2 4 1 14 3 1 0 168 59

International career[edit]

Elis playing for Honduras at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Elis first represented Honduras at the U-17 level in a 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship qualifying match on 7 December 2012, picking up a goal in a 5-2 win over El Salvador. In their next match, Elis scored a hat trick to help Honduras defeat Costa Rica 3-0.[4] He finished as top scorer with 4 goals and help Honduras finish top of the Central American group.[31] Elis featured in the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, where he scored once and helped Honduras finish 4th. At the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup Elis made 4 appearances and helped Honduras reach the quarter-finals.[32]

On September 30, 2014, Elis was called up by head coach Hernán Medford to the Honduran senior team. He made his senior debut on 9 October 2014 in a friendly against Mexico, a 2–0 loss.[33]

After making 4 senior appearances, Elis played on the Honduras U-21 team at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, where he made 2 appearances as Honduras finished 4th.[32] He was also part of the Honduran U-20 team that played at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Elis scored 4 goals in 6 games to help Honduras to a 3rd place finish and qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. At the U-20 World Cup, Elis appeared in all 3 group games, but was unable to help Honduras advance past the group stage. Elis led the Honduran U-23 team to a second place finish at the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship by scoring 4 goals in 5 games, including a brace in a 2-0 semifinals win over the United States.[32][34] He was named to the Best XI of the tournament and finished as top scorer.[35]

Elis returned to the senior national team in December 2015. He scored his scored his first and second international goals in a friendly match against Cuba on 16 December 2015.[4] On 25 March 2016, Elis scored his first goal in a competitive senior match, scoring once in a 2-2 draw with El Salvador in a World Cup qualification match.[4]

On 25 July 2016, Elis was named to the Honduran U-23 squad to play at the 2016 Olympics.[36] He appeared all 6 of Honduras's games and scored 2 goals, including the winning goal in the quarterfinals match against South Korea, as he helped Honduras finish in 4th place.[4]

On June 29 2017, Elis was named to the 23 man squad for the 2017 Gold Cup.[37] He made 4 appearances and helped Honduras reach the quarterfinals, where they fell 1-0 to Mexico.

On June 6, 2019, Fabián Coito named Elis to the 23 man squad for the 2019 Gold Cup.[38] However, it was a disappointing tournament for Honduras and Elis, as he failed to score in his 3 appearances and Honduras finished last in their group.[32]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.[39]
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 December 2015 Estadio Juan Ramón Brevé Vargas, Juticalpa, Honduras  Cuba 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2 2–0
3 25 March 2016 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–0 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 13 June 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama 2–1 2–2
5 1 September 2017 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 2–1
6 10 October 2017 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Mexico 1–1 3–2
7 15 November 2017 Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia  Australia 1–3 1–3

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

CD Olimpia
Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras (3): 2014 Clausura, 2015 Clausura, 2016 Clausura
President's Cup: 2015
Houston Dynamo
U.S. Open Cup: 2018

Individual[edit]

Best Young Player in CONCACAF Champions League 2015/2016[40]

Dynamo Players' Player of the Year: 2017[41]

Dynamo Newcomer of the Year: 2017[41]

MLS All Star: 2018

Personal life[edit]

Although born in San Juan Tela, Elis grew up in San Pedro Sula.[2] His older brother, Osman Elis Martínez, is a professional footballer that plays for C.D. Honduras Progreso.[42] His father was a professional footballer; a right midfielder who played in the Honduran second division. He is of Garifuna heritage. Elis's nickname of "La Panterita", Spanish for the little panther, is in reference to former a Honduran striker from San Pedro Sula David Suazo, who was known as "La Pantera" and also from San Pedro Sula. Elis is also into fashion and owns over 100 pairs of shoes.[2] Elis has done charity work such as donating computers to his old school in Honduras.[43]

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