Pacific Joins The Race For Jose Escalante
More than one Canadian Premier League side would like to secure the signature of Honduran winger Jose Escalante.
While the CPL original remains in discussions with Valour FC, Pacific FC has also reached out to the winger in a bid to change his destination from Winnipeg to Canada’s west coast.
We had reported that Escalante was set for a CPL return a few weeks ago, with the Honduran winger now formally ending his loan with FC Motagua. Escalante made ten appearances across all competitions for the Honduran side since arriving on loan in the summer, but is expected to complete his return to Canada next month.
The 28-year-old winger has proven to be a polarizing figure in Canada’s top flight, accruing 100 appearances for Cavalry FC before a before a bizarre transfer saga unfolded in the summer, with both FC Motagua and Cavalry FC claiming to hold a full contract on Escalante.
When the dust settled, his surprising midseason move came in the form of Cavalry loaning him 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.
Two weeks ago we reported that Jose Escalante was set to end his loan with Motagua early and that his return destination in Canada wouldn’t be Calgary. Valour began early discussions to sign the winger, with Pacific now throwing their name in the ring.
The return of the Honduran was cleared by the league, with Cavalry having giving the green light as well – despite the fact that he won’t be suiting up for them in Spruce Meadows.
It’s no secret that Valour has big shoes to fill on the left flank with Matteo de Brienne’s departure, while it’s less clear how the Pacific roster looks heading in to 2024. In any event, both CPL teams are now vying over the signature of Escalante, who’s time with Cavalry saw him tally nine goals and sixteen assists wihle establishing himself as a fast-footed magnet for winning fouls in key areas.
His spell with FC Motagua marked the fouth Honduran side of his career, which got its start with CD Olimpia. The former Honduras U-23 international also enjoyed spells with Honduras Progreso, Juticalpa, and a prior loan from Cavalry to Vida, while also embarking on a few US destinations that included a loan to Houston Dynamo in 2016.
While Jose Escalante’s seems destined for the Canadian Premier League, only time will tell whether Pacific or Valour will prove to be the destination of choice for the Honduran.