Honduras has called in several familiar faces for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Former MLS star Andy Najar is joined by Sporting Kansas City’s Roger Espinoza and Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis to headline Honduras’ 26-man squad for World Cup qualifying. Honduras opens the upcoming round against the U.S. on March 24 in San Jose before facing Costa Rica four days later.
In total, the Honduras squad has five players that currently feature in MLS, including Maynor Figueroa, Boniek Garcia and Romell Quioto.
Through the opening two games of the Hexagonal, Honduras has earned three points via a win over Trinidad & Tobago following an opening match loss to Panama.
Here’s a full look at the Honduras roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Donis Escober (Olimpia; Honduras), Luis Lopez (Real Espana; Honduras), Ricardo Canales (Vida; Honduras)
DEFENDERS: Brayan Beckeles (Necaxa; Mexico), Henry Figueroa (Motagua; Honduras), Maynor Figueroa (FC Dallas; MLS), Felix Crisianto (Motagua; Honduras), Allans Vargas (Real Espana; Honduras), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic; Scotland), Ever Alvarado (Olimpia; Honduras), Cesar Oseguera (Real Espana; Honduras)
MIDFIELDERS: Jorge Claros (Real Espana; Honduras), Oliver Morazan (Juticalpa FC; Honduras), Brayan Acosta (Real Espana; Honduras), Roger Espinoza (Sporting KC; MLS), Erick Andino (Motagua; Honduras), Mario Martinez (Enppi; Egypt), Carlos Disuca (Motagua; Honduras), Andy Najar (Anderlecht; Belgium), Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo; MLS), Romell Quioto (Houston Dynamo; MLS)
FORWARDS: Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo; MLS), Anthony Lozano (Tenerife; Spain), Eddie Hernandez (Tolima; Colombia), Rubilio Castillo (Motagua; Honduras), Michael Chirinos (Olimpia; Honduras)
but nearly a must win for usa, so that changes the strategy a little I think.
advantage honduras late in the game when usa needs goal
Quioto could be a problem
A front 3 of Quioto-Lozano-Elis will be a handful. The rest of the team looks fairly average. All the pressure is squarely on the US so that will be a factor, especially if Honduras scores first.
Looking at their club teams, so many playing in the Honduran league, you would think we shouldn’t have too muich difficulty. But the game isn’t played on paper, so let’s hope the US brings its A game.
Our dual citizens make the difference.
settle down trollbob, we don’t want you to be a part of “our”.
the USMNT, at home, will easily beat Houston/Motagua
not honduras’ strongest generation although Quioto looks to be a solid player in form.
trip to panama should be a difficult game.