Romell Quioto (pictured), shown in a 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League game playing for Olimpia against Poiice United, hopes to compete in a future SCCL with the Houston Dynamo. (Photo: Mexsport)
HOUSTON – Romell Quioto is a fan of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League and after playing in the competition with Olimpia, he now wants to do so with his new club – the Houston Dynamo.
The 25-year-old Honduras international, who joined the Major League Soccer side in December, has competed in the last three SCCL editions, striking for four goals in 10 matches. He wants to make a swift return to the Confederation’s premier club event.
“We are preparing well to be able to win MLS and once again be in the Champions League,” Quioto told CONCACAF.com. “I am happy to be here and hopeful of doing things well at the start of the season.”
One of the familiar faces that Quioto will see daily in training is Honduras teammate player Alberth Elis. The attacking tandem – who also played together at Olimpia -- have reunited in the Texan city, energizing fans with thoughts of what can be accomplished in the offensive end of the field.
They shared the field in five CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and six 2016 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament matches. In those 11 matches -- 10 with both as starters -- the numbers are impressive: Quioto has scored four goals, while Elis has tallied twice (both assisted by Quioto).
Quioto has high hopes that he and Elis will produce goals.
“To be with Alberth again is going to be great,” said the former Vida standout. “We have done great things together in previous clubs and the national team. It is going to be important that here in Houston we can do the same and lead the team forward.”
In addition to Elis, Quioto will be aided by two other countrymen: midfielders Oscar Boniek García and Jose Escalante. Quioto believes that a high level of familiarity should yield good results for the Dynamo.
“The coach is putting together a good team, teammates that we have been with in the national team,” he finished. “We are doing a good job here in preseason, hoping to go into the season strong and being able to fight for first place.”