The Houston Dynamo announced Thursday they have hired Honduran forward Alberth ‘La Panterita' Elis from Mexican club C.F. Monterrey.
Elis, who is 21 years-old, had joined the Dynamo last year on a year-long loan with a transfer option.
Elis is originally from San Pedro Sula (Honduras) and had a stellar debut season for the Dynamo as he tied for second on the team with 10 goals and was tied for third in assists with four.
In his first postseason appearance, Elis scored the game-winning goal against Sporting Kansas City during the Knockout Round of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs in overtime.
“The transfer of Alberth Elis to the Houston Dynamo sends a clear message from our ownership group and club to our fanbase and throughout MLS about our intent and ambition, ” Dynamo Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan said in a news release.
Jordan also highlighted that “is already one of the top players in CONCACAF, and is a constant threat to opposing defenses.”
“We are looking forward to Alberth continuing to bring his desire to attack defenders with his speed, his decision-making, and his scoring mentality. That is something that Alberth brought in 2017 and we hope he brings that again in 2018,” Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera noted.
Elis was also an important member of the Honduras National Team as he played in 11 games and scored four goals this year.
Elis made his professional debut with C.D. Olimpia in 2013 and played in the Liga Nacional de Honduras with Los Leones until 2016. He left Honduras and joined C.F. Monterrey in Liga MX for the Torneo Apertura 2016 before joining the Dynamo on loan.