When Dynamo midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia heads to Honduras today he will start a phase of an emotional return to the club that started his playing career called Olimpia.
The club is 100 years old and has won twenty five Honduran titles and is the main obstacle for the Dynamo in the Concacaf Champions League.
He cites assistant coach Juan Carlos Espinoza as the man who provided him his professional break.
Still, speaking to him yesterday after Dynamo practice there is no doubt he is going there to get business done in Concacaf Champions League play.
A draw or a win will put the Dynamo in the poll position with their final two games against Fas of El Salvador and Olimpia at home in their three team Concacaf Group.
“I played eight seasons there and hope I get a good reception,” says Boniek Garcia. “There are alot of feelings, good teammates and the fans have always supported me.”
Truth be told Boniek Garcia could be the real shining light for the Dynamo heading back to familiar territory for him.
His leadership and drive in a hostile environment that will be far more daunting then in El Salvador could be a determining factor and boost the confidence of his Dynamo teammates.
Can you imagine the impact he can have getting after his former teammates in Honduras?
Of course fate, adapting to the environment, officiating, managing pressure and remaining composed is also key. Oh, and not to mention playng some good football.
“It’s going to be physical, tough, close,” says the man named after the legendary creative Polish star Zbigniew Boniek.
“The fans put the pressure on opposing team and we must manage that.”
Boniek Garcia is the best kept sports secret in Houston outside of Hispanic media and has helped to transform the Dynamo.
What is equally as impressive is how humble and professional he is about going about his soccer business. You get a real sense that he is a Dynamo player through and through.
“I owe myself to the Dynamo 100%,” said Boniek Garcia despite being questioned about the return to play his former team.
He reminds us of the value and the influence that one player can have on a team. Much like Federico Higuain in Columbus, Boniek Garcia has brought all kinds of possibility to the “orange” and has done it consistently.
From tactical flexibility, to increasing confidence, competition for playing spots, and bringing the best out in others he is getting it done.
Lets hope he does it again in Honduras!