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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Signing la Vida local? Reds close to adding Honduran hotshot

"I will never wear a red kit with a bank sponsor again!"
Usually we leave off-season rumours for Friday's "The Rumoumeter" but today's tidbit out of Central America has grown el legs quickly and is seemingly close to a done deal - except for those silly official announcements. Word leaked from midfielder Arnold Peralta's hometown club CD Vida today that the Honduras U-23 and one time full international - in the infamous 8-1 Canada drubbing no less - was on his way to say sorry to Canadians by joining their most needy MLS side.
While few up here in the frozen tundra get the chance to keep tabs on the Honduran Liga Nacional, those in the know seem fairly high on the young midfielder with the obvious comparisons to Amado Guevara coming thick and fast. That may be wishful TFC association but anyone with a tool-set approaching the one-time Reds favourite would be good news for a midfield currently bereft of offensive creativity.
Ironically it may have been the man himself, Amado Guevara, who helped push Peralta towards BMO Field. It is no secret that Kevin Payne has been keen to add Guevara's eyes to scouting Honduras in an attempt to open a much needed pipeline for The Reds in Central America. This not yet being an official deal, rumours of its origin are sketchy with some hinting that a deal has been in the works for six months. Whether this indicates a long-term Mariner/Cochrane joint or an MLS negotiation however is unclear. Our good friends at Waking The Red did some digging and did find a morsel that may however link initial interest with Kevin Payne while he was still at D.C. United.
No matter where this Latino morsel originated, it would be a welcome addition to the midfield that was looking rather bare since Ryan Johnson's departure - not that it wasn't already rather threadbare. Throw in the afternoon whispers of TFC getting their paws on Rapids' midfielder and MLS veteran Jeff Larentowicz and things may start looking downright stable around here. If only it weren't for those pesky official announcements!

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