Former Mustang reflects on time in Chicago

By: Hunter Tickel

 

The most successful Chicago Mustang alum plies his trade in the capital of Honduras.

Forward Bryan Moya inked a two-year contract with the most decorated club in the Mayan country, Club Deportiva Olympia, on Dec. 20, 2016.

“Very thankful with all that has happened in my short career, all the hard work that I have put up, top teams have seen it as well and that is why now I am here with Olympia,” he says. “Very excited to have signed with them since is the top team here in Honduras.”

The club is stationed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and has a history that dates back to 1912. The powerhouse has won 30 domestic cups and two Concacaf Champions Cups.

The 23-year-old is moving up the ranks in Central America after spending two years with Vida. The Honduran has also trained with the national side during a trip to the U.S.

Moya’s arc as a professional to this point, was far from direct. After immigrating to Houston at a young age, he got his first shot as a pro with the Mustangs.

“The Mustangs were the team that opened doors for me at a very young age,” he says. “I am very grateful with the organization for that opportunity given. They saw the qualities I had as player, and even though I was very young they supported me and helped me grow to the player I am now. The indoor soccer experience helped me a lot especially with my physical, technical and speed which are crucial factors in the indoor sport.”

He represented the Windy City side for the club’s first two and a half years. He scored 72 goals in 40 games, which helping the Mustangs win a Ron Newman Cup Championship in their second year. He had four goals and one assist in the two-game title run.

“Moya was a very important key player, but I do believe it was a combination of his qualities as a player and the team we had overall,” current Mustangs keeper Jesus Flores attributes to the title season. “We had a great team when we won the Ron Newman Cup, lots of talented players, very solid defense, with creative midfielders and lethal strikers, the team was well known for our system of play which consisted of speed, great possession of the ball and explosive counter attacks.”

He was the club’s most prolific scorer in its opening three years.

“Moya is definitely one of the most dangerous forwards I have seen; hardly play against him with some exceptions in practice,” Flores says. “Moya had exceptional qualities, very explosive, with speed and ease of scoring goals; a very complete player overall. I believe that with all his qualities, he quickly proved to be one of the top players of the league.”

Then, Moya moved back to Houston to pursue a career with the Houston Dynamo. While showing promising moments with the U23 team, the 5-foot-9 forward faced hurdles trying to get a visa.

“I had a contract with Houston Dynamo, but unfortunately was not going to get my work permit until 2019, which was a long time for me to wait,” he says. “I wanted to become a pro player already and waiting for five to six years was not an option for me, didn’t wanted to get old and have years wasted. My work permit in the U.S. is still in the process, but I am hoping to have my working permit resolve with in the next year or two.”

He has backup plans, too, as he carries the torch as one of the most talented players to have donned the Mustang jersey.

“My next goal would be paying in the Mexican League,” he says. “I already had some second division teams contacting me, but I am trying to play first division. Another option would be playing for an MLS team; I have the doors open with Houston Dynamo, but any MLS team will be a good option for me.”

Founded in 2012, the Chicago Mustangs compete in the MASL. The Mustangs were the 2014 Ron Newman Cup Champions and 2014 U.S. Open Minifutbol Champions. For tickets visit chicagomustangspro.com, like them on Facebook facebook.com/ChicagoMustangs and follow them on Twitter @MustangsSoccer.