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Honduras names 5 MLS players to roster for USMNT friendly

Jorge Claros


When Honduras faces the U.S. Men’s National Team in October, there will be some familiar faces for Major League Soccer fans.

Five MLS players were named Tuesday to Honduras’ roster ahead of a pair of October friendlies, including one against the USMNT on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Florida.

The roster includes Sporting Kansas City midfielder Jorge Claros, San Jose Earthquakes’ defender Víctor Bernárdez Houston Dynamo midfielders Luis Garrido and Boniek Garcia, as well as Chivas USA midfielder Marvin Chavez. Also making the cut was midfielder Andy Najar, a Homegrown Player through D.C. United, who joined Anderlecht in Belgium last year 2013.

The roster includes 10 players who were part of the team that finished fifth in the Central American Cup in early September.

Players will convene at the Honduras training camp next week to prepare for the USMNT match and one on Oct. 10 against El Tri in Mexico City.

Here is the Honduras 20-player roster for the upcoming October friendlies:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernandez (Real Espana)

DEFENDERS (7): Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City), Víctor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes), Wilfredo Barahona (Real Espana), Javier Portillo (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Wilmer Crisanto (Motagua)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Juan Jose Rodríguez (Parrillas One), Boniek García (Houston Dynamo), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Mario Martínez (Barcelona, Ecuador), Marvin Chavez (Chivas USA), Luis Garrido (Houston Dynamo), Jorge Claros (Sporting Kansas City), Edder Delgado (Real Espana)

FORWARDS (3): Roger Rojas (Al-Ettifaq), Alberth Elis (Olimpia), Romell Quioto (Olimpia)


What do you think of this roster? Are you looking forward to seeing this squad face the USMNT? Have these MLS players been showing well for their club teams?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. This roster is significant for who’s not on it. Bengston’s not on this list. He’s sucked for MLS forever, but he’s been a big part of Honduras’s set up for a long time, and was up for CONCACAF player of the year last year, no? Juan Carlos Garcia (of the sweet bicycle vs USMNT in 2013) isn’t there. No Palacios. I don’t follow Honduran soccer enough to recognize whether this is a B team, or a full regime change for a new cycle.

  2. Honduran soccer has become a joke. This would be great if they a) actually tried to win a game at the World Cup instead of (to summarize what their own captain said) being happy just to have qualified, and b) didn’t bomb out of Copa Centroamericana

    • While I’m not a Honduran fan…to take there team for granted is just dumb. They may not have done well in the WC, but they did finish above Mexico in the qualification and they were one of the few teams to beat the US during the Hex. Honduras has some skilled players….they have some physical players….and they are great a time wasting when ahead in matches. They can & likely will present a valuable test for young and/or inexperienced US Pool players.
      Until we beat them consistently in games that matter (Home & Away) don’t take them lightly. If we do we’ll slip up like Mexico did during the last Hex Qualifications. Would be best to beat them soundly so next time we face them in a match that counts they may carry a bit of intimidation/fear.

      • Top 6 at best? I think that they are pretty comfortable top 4. Name 6 teams better than Honduras in CONCACAF.

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