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Cavalry FC Jose Escalante

Jose Escalante Hangs Up Boots In Honduras

By on June 28, 2024 0 668 Views

One of the Canadian Premier League’s most polarizing talents has announced his retirement from professional football.

Cavalry winger Jose Escalante has just concluded his playing career at age of 29, having spent the last season in his native Honduras under quite confusing circumstances.

“Today ends my chapter as a professional soccer player” Escalante posted on Instagram. “It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I know it’s right for the new challenges and goals I have in my life.”

Cavalry FC Jose Escalante
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

The 29-year-old was a club original with Cavalry FC, signing in 2019 and tallying 100 appearances before a bizarre transfer saga unfolded last summer with both FC Motagua and Cavalry FC claiming to hold a full contract on Escalante.

When the dust finally cleared he was formally loaned from Cavalry to FC Motagua on a one-year deal, with the CPL side ‘retaining exclusive rights’ for Jose for the 2024 CPL season.

This implied they had triggered a club option before green-lighting his midseason loan to a club who had already announced him as a full signing. It was quite a scene.

FC Motagua Jose Escalante
Photo Credit: FC Motagua

The winger made ten appearances for FC Motagua before interest in a CPL return preceded his early loan termination, though it looks like Cavalry weren’t so keen on allowing the player to join their domestic league competition.

Despite both Valour FC and Pacific FC had expressing interest, he was announced by Honduran second division side Atletico Independiente this January.

That club seems to be the final port of call on his intriguing list of career destinations, with the former Olimpia man having also played for the likes of the Houston Dynamo, San Antonio FC, and Juticalpa, amongst others.

FC Motagua Jose Escalante Transfer
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

“That was a lot of years of sacrifice and work, good days and bad days. I am very proud to say I achieved my childhood dream and every single goal I set out for myself as a player,” said the midfielder.

In Canadian Premier League circles, he was a well-known winger who goaded opponents into fouls with his fast footwork and, say some, a propensity for hitting the floor easily. Whatever it was, he proved an effective man on Cavalry’s flank for several seasons.

He had long-eyed moves to Honduras while in Cavalry red, spending time on loan there with Vida during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thanks to my family, who always supported me, and my wife who, so many nights, played to be a psychologist and gave me those words that helped me move forward.”

Cavalry FC Jose EScalante
Photo Credit: John Jacques

It’s not clear what the former Honduras U-23 international will do next, though he hints that this his new chapter will take flight shortly.

“Thank you all for your unconditional support,” closed Escalante. “See you on the next adventure starting very soon.”

He isn’t the only Cavalry athlete to unexpectedly depart in the last year, with golden boot co-winner Myer Bevan failing to report to the side for the CPL season after making history with them in the preceding continental action.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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