An out-and-out striker, Bengtson was on the Revolution’s radar for several years before transferring to the club in July 2012 ... one of CONCACAF’s most lethal and consistent scorers on the international level … excels in all aspects of the attack, including playing with his back to goal, combining with teammates, creating his own shot and supporting the attack into the area … a proven scorer for both club and country, Bengtson scored more than 60 goals in more than 150 games across all competitions since 2007 before arriving in New England ... a three-time scoring champion in Honduras’ La Liga Nacional (2010 Clausura, 2011 Apertura, 2011 Clausura) ... a right-footed player ... has developed into one of the Honduras national team’s most lethal and consistent scorers … speaks only his native Spanish.
2013: Made 16 regular-season appearances, including 12 starts, with all of his playing time coming as a forward. Scored one goal, the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute at Chicago (March 9) in the team’s season-opener. Missed the Kansas City match (March 23) while on international duty with Honduras ... his start at Chivas USA (June 29) was his first since May 25 against Toronto. Missed the Montreal (Sept. 8) match after being re-called by Honduras for World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico (Sept. 6) and Panama (Sept. 10). His appearance against D.C. United (Sept. 21) was his first since Colorado (July 17). His interception of a poor defensive pass at New York (Oct. 5) set up Diego Fagundez’s goal. Missed the Montreal match (Oct. 12) while on international duty with Honduras. Made one appearance against Sporting Kansas City (Nov. 6) in the MLS Cup Playoffs, playing five minutes as an extra-time substitute at Sporting Park in Leg 2 of the teams’ series. Made one appearance in the U.S. Open Cup, scoring a goal at Rochester (May 28) in the third round.
2012: Signed with the club on July 5 and was officially added to the roster on July 6. Made 13 appearances, including 10 starts, while balancing significant international commitments throughout the summer and fall. Scored two goals. Scored his first career goal in his Revolution – and MLS – debut in a 30-minute substitute appearance against New York (July 8), becoming the fifth Revolution player to score a goal in a MLS debut with the Revs. Departed to join Honduras’ Olympic team on Monday, July 16, and returned to make his first career start at forward against Montreal (Aug. 12). Scored his second goal of the season in a start at Columbus (Aug. 25). Missed the match against Columbus (Sept. 5) while with the Honduras National team for FIFA World Cup Qualifier matches against Cuba (Sept. 7 and 11). Returned to the Revs with a start at D.C. (Sept. 15) and lined up with the starters for each of the final six games of the season.
BEFORE MLS: Began his professional career in the 2007 Apertura season with Honduras’ Vida ... played with his original club through the 2010 Apertura season ... in each of his final two seasons with the Cocoteros – the 2010 Clausura and 2011 Apertura campaigns – won the La Liga scoring titles with 13 and 12 goals, respectively ... moved to Motagua in November 2010, and began playing with the club during the 2011 Clausura season ... continued his goal-scoring prowess with his new club, again capturing the league’s scoring title for the third-straight season with a 15-goal effort ... his 15-goal season was the league’s highest single-season output by a single player since Carlos Pavon scored 15 goals in the 2007 Clausura season ... helped Motagua capture the 2011 Clausura title that season, leading the club to a berth in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League ... was a visible presence on Motagua’s Champions League squad, appearing in all six group-stage contests and scoring one of the team’s two goals.
HONDURAS NATIONAL TEAM: Has been a member of the Honduras National Team since 2010 ... entering 2014, Bengtson has earned 40 caps and scored 18 goals for Honduras ... Honduras is 10-0-4 in games in which he’s scored ... was also a member of Honduras’ Under-23 team (as an overage player) at the 2012 London Olympic Games … earned his first-ever senior cap on April 21, 2010, in a 1-0 loss to Venezuela in a friendly ... first international goal came in a friendly against Ecuador on Feb. 9, 2011, and he followed it with a goal against El Salvador (May 29, 2011) in a 2-0 victory in a friendly in Houston ... scored three goals for Honduras during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup as the team advanced to the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Mexico ... in that tournament, scored twice against Grenada (June 10, 2011 in Miami) and against Costa Rica (June 18, 2011 in East Rutherford, N.J.) ... added one goal against Jamaica in a friendly on Oct. 11, 2011 in La Ceiba, Honduras ... had two goals in a friendly against Serbia on Nov. 14, 2011 ... was named to Honduras’ 2012 Olympic roster as one of its three overage players in the Under-23 tournament and the Revolution granted him permission to represent Honduras at the Olympic games in London ... started all four of Honduras’ matches at the 2012 Olympics ... scored three goals to lead Honduras to the quarterfinals for the first time in the country’s history: scored both goals in a 2-2 draw against Morocco on July 25, before scoring the game’s only goal in a 1-0 upset victory over gold-medal favorite Spain on July 29 ... scored in a start in the national team’s friendly against Argentine power Boca Juniors on Aug. 15, 2012 ... scored the game-winning goal in each of Honduras’ two World Cup Qualifiers against Cuba: a 3-0 win on Sept. 7, 2012 and a 1-0 victory on Sept. 11, 2012 ... was called in for Honduras’ WCQ at Panama (Oct. 12) and made the start at forward in the 0-0 draw ... scored three goals and added two assists in Honduras’ 8-1 home WCQ win against Canada on Oct. 16 to secure a place in the Hexagonal Round … added one goal in Honduras’ second-place finish at the 2013 Copa Centroamericana in January 2013 … scored the game-winning goal against the United States (Feb. 6, 2013) in the first game of the Hexagonal qualifying round for the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... scored the game-tying goal in the Hexagonal Qualifier against Mexico (March 22, 2013) to earn Honduras a point at home ... called up for Honduras’ three FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica (June 7), Jamaica (June 11) and the United States (June 18) ... started and played 61 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica (June 7), but did not dress against Jamaica and was then sent back to the Revs before the U.S. match ... was re-called to the Honduran National Team for a friendly against El Salvador on Aug. 14, but the friendly was canceled ... re-joined the squad for WCQs at Mexico (Sept. 6) and vs. Panama (Sept. 10) and scored a goal in Honduras’ 2-1 win over Mexico ... re-called for the country’s final two qualifiers against Costa Rica (Oct. 11) and Jamaica (Oct. 15), scoring the game-winning goal against Costa Rica (Oct. 11) in Honduras’ 1-0 win ... made a second-half substitute appearance against Jamaica (Oct. 15) ... re-called for the country’s November friendlies against Brazil (Nov. 16) and Ecuador (Nov. 19).
PERSONAL: Son of James Ricardo Bengtson Pineda and Jilia Bodden … in his free time, he enjoys reading … mentions that his favorite soccer memory occurs every time he scores a goal … while he prefers to vacation around Honduras, he has always wanted to travel to Switzerland … supports Honduras side Vida, the club he began with in 2007 … his favorite movie is the 2006 Will Smith film, “Pursuit of Happiness” … enjoys Beyonce’s music.