OWTY has confirmed that 1991 Argentine-American Michael Hoyos will spend the 2013-2014 year in Greece with OFI Crete on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Hoyos made waves after leaving California in 2007 to join Argentine super-club Estudiantes DLP. Hoyos was viewed as one of the top attacking midfielders of his age in Argentine football, but years of recovery from a horrific auto accident effectively put his career on pause. Hoyos has not been the same since, yet at 22, his career is still in its infancy.
Hoyos played a few games with the Argentine U20s, nearly four years ago, but popped back up on the USMNT radar when reports surfaced that Jurgen Klinsmann was interested in his progress earlier in the year. Hoyos has the ability to play for both the US and Argentina, and would likely have to file a one-time switch to play for the States.
His loan to Greek side OFI Crete signals his intent to find first team football and hopefully make it easier for European scouts to view him. OFI Crete is in the Greek Superleague, barely avoiding relegation in 2012-2013 finishing in 14th place (out of 16 teams, with the bottom two relegated into the second division). Hoyos will likely step right into the #10 shirt in 2013-2014.