Moises Hernandez will take the road less traveled when it comes to MLS Homegrown Players.
Hernandez, an FC Dallas Homegrown Player and U.S. Under-20 defender, was loaned to Guatemalan club Comunicaciones for the 2012-13 season according to the club's official website. The move gives Hernandez a chance to earn playing time for one of Central America's top clubs, and a place that currently employs former Chivas USA defender Michael Umana in addition to a host of Guatemalan national team players. Former FC Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham spent the clausura season with Comunicaciones, a team that was in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2011-12 but did not qualify for this summer's competition.
Hernandez has yet to play in an MLS match for FC Dallas since signing with the club from the FC Dallas academy in July, 2010. He has played all 90 minutes in every one of Dallas' six reserve matches this season, but Dallas' reserves are not scheduled to play again until September.
Here are a couple of more notes from MLS:
FERRARI OUT 4-TO-6 WEEKS, CORRADI TO GET MRI
The Montreal Impact's Italian veterans both could be set for spells on the sideline.
Centerback Matteo Ferrari has been ruled out for the next 4-to-6 weeks with a quadriceps injury that he suffered in the club's 4-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.
Shavar Thomas and Nelson Rivas figure to be the tandem at centerback while Ferrari recovers.
Forward Bernardo Corradi, meanwhile, is set for an MRI on Wednesday to determine the severity of a left knee injury. Rookie forward Andrew Wenger started in place of Corradi against the Sounders, scoring in his second consecutive match, while Corradi came on as a late substitute. Wenger figures to be given the lion's share of minutes should Corradi be out for an extended period of time.
RAPIDS SIGN O'NEILL TO HOMEGROWN DEAL
The Colorado Rapids signed academy midfielder Shane O'Neill to a Homegrown Player deal on Tuesday, making him the second such signing in team history. Davy Armstrong (2010) is the other.
O'Neill, a Boulder, Colo., native with dual, Irish-American citizenship, had signed to play at the University of Virginia this fall but is instead passing on the collegiate game to get integrated with the Rapids. He scored 10 goals for the Rapids' U-18 side in 2011 and was also named the state's 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year.
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