Four weeks into the 2014 NASL Fall Season, the San Antonio Scorpions and Carolina RailHawks have agreed to terms on a trade that would send Costa Rican midfielder Cesar Elizondo to San Antonio and in exchange Carolina would receive Colombian midfielder Danny Barrera.
“We are excited to add a young and talented player to our squad,” said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke. “I’ve been following Danny throughout the years and I know he is capable of scoring goals and creating chances for our team. He will fit really well with our locker room and will be an essential part of our roster as we attempt to win the 2014 NASL Championship.”
Barrera, a Colombia-native appeared in 13 games this season for San Antonio where he scored a goal and generated two assists over 830 minutes played. Barrera signed with the Scorpions this past offseason after previously playing with the Atlanta Silverbacks during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In 2013, he would go on to score four goals and record seven assists.
On the addition of Elizondo to lead-leading Scorpions, coach Alen Marcina commented: "We've established our goals, we're looking to build upon the foundation laid in the first half of the year, and we continue refining our game to reach our targets. Elizondo is a player with electrifying pace, intelligent field awareness, quality technique, and consistent performances since he joined the NASL. He perfectly fits into our style and system for attractive soccer and we're thrilled to acquire such an exciting talent at this important juncture in the season."
Elizondo has appeared in 12 games this season for Carolina - including ten starts - and has three assists in 777 total minutes played. The 5'8", 26-year-old native of Costa Rica has also made 10 appearances for his national team, most recently in 2011.
In order to comply with NASL roster rules, Canadian midfielder Shaun Saiko was released from his contract, thus freeing up an international slot for Elizondo. Saiko made six appearances in his first season with the Scorpions, including two starts, and scored a goal in 183 total minutes played.