Michael Hoyos

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Michael Hoyos
Personal information
Full name Michael Ryan Hoyos
Date of birth (1991-08-02) August 2, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Fountain Valley, California,
United States
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Deportivo Cuenca
Youth career
2006 Irvine Strikers
2007–2010 Estudiantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Estudiantes 13 (1)
2013–2014 OFI Crete (loan) 13 (1)
2014–2015 Sarmiento 14 (0)
2015–2016 Deportivo Santamarina 19 (2)
2016–2017 Boca Unidos 34 (6)
2017– Deportivo Cuenca 0 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Argentina U20 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2015.

Michael Ryan Hoyos (born August 2, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Deportivo Cuenca. Hoyos is considered an Argentine per FIFA rules for national team eligibility.



Hoyos attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California where he played soccer. He played club soccer with Irvine Strikers, coached by Don Ebert. He moved to Argentina together with his mother at age fifteen, and soon had a successful trial with Estudiantes de La Plata and was placed into the club's youth system.[1]


Hoyos debuted with the first team in a January 2010 non-official match against Boca Juniors. He scored on a solo run from midfield, earning a spot on the first team bench.[2] On January 29, 2010, he made his league debut as a substitute against Arsenal de Sarandí.[3]


Hoyos moved to Superleague Greece club OFI Crete on July 8, 2013.[4]


After managers for both the American and Argentina national teams expressed interest in having Hoyos attend their Under-20 camps,[5] Hoyos was part of the sparring roster that practiced with the Argentine national team during the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup,[6][7] and was called for the Argentina Under-20. In his international debut on July 27, 2010 against Uruguay, in Asunción, he scored the winning goal.[8] Hoyos also scored against Uruguay in the 2011 edition of the South American Under-20 tournament.[9]


His parents were from Don Torcuato in Buenos Aires province. Hoyos, who holds dual USA-Argentine citizenship, is the third USA player to play in the Argentine top league, after Renato Corsi, who played for Argentinos Juniors and other teams in the 1980s, and Bryan Gerzicich, who played for Arsenal in 2006. His younger brother, Kevin, is also American and currently plays in the Estudiantes youth system as a striker.

On April 4, 2011, Hoyos was involved in a car accident when his car struck a tree at the González roundabout in the outskirts of La Plata. After a few days in intensive care, Hoyos was released April 19 and started undergoing physical therapy to rejoin the team.[10]




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