Honduras National Football Team faced off vs Mexico again on Thursday the 6th of October, 2014 at the Estadio Zoque VMR in Tuxtla Gutierrez where Mexico defeated the Honduran team by a score of 2 – 0.
(International friendlies: October 9, 2014, away Honduras vs Mexico; October 14, 2014, away Honduras vs USA)
Honduras head coach Hernan Medford announced his roster for the away friendlies against Mexico and the United States on October 9 (Tuxtla Gutierrez) and October 14 (Boca Raton, Florida), respectively.
Of the 21 players selected, 10 were part of the squad that finished fifth in the Central American Cup (CCA) earlier this month. That placement secured the Catrachos
a playoff meeting with the team that ultimately finishes fifth in November’s Caribbean Cup for a berth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The matches will mark the return of key performers Maynor Figueroa (Hull City/England) and Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes/USA). Neither veteran participated in the CCA, indicating after the World Cup that they would assess their national team futures.
“Nobody is obligated in this group,” said Medford. “All players come from conviction and that is the case for Figueroa and Bernardez with whom I talked on the phone before making the official announcement of their call-ups.”
A surprise invitation was extended to young Olimpia forward Alberth Elis. The rising star, who played in four games in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, has netted once in this season’s CONCACAF Champions League and also scored a goal against Panama in Central American qualifying for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.
“Elis is having a great season with Olimpia, despite being a player of 18-years-old,” expressed Medford. “He has shown a lot of maturity and I think is ready to be part of the senior squad.”
After a challenging Central American Cup, Medford views the encounters against the pair of CONCACAF powers as a new beginning.
“Football is about opportunities,” finished the former Real España manager. “Some of those who went to the Central American Cup have no advantage. Now we focus on those who have experience in order to cope with two major rivals such as Mexico and the United States.”
Honduras coach Hernán Evaristo Medford Bryan is a retired Costa Rican football player and currently manager of the Honduras national football team; he has called for patience as he attempts to stamp his authority on the national team.
Medford only replaced Luis Fernando Suarez in July, and he guided Honduras to two wins and as two losses at the Copa Centroamericana.
The Costa Rican born coach named 18-year-old debutant Alberth Elis in the 20-man team.
“There are players who for the first time I meet and why I always say, time is the least I have and that is what I have always needed time,” Medford said.
Honduras will convene on October 6 in Tegucigalpa
, before traveling two days later to Mexico.
GOALKEEPERS: Donis Esober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernández (Real España)
DEFENDERS: Wilfredo Barahona (Real España), Victor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes/USA), Wilmer Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City/England), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/Scotland), Javier Portillo (Olimpia)
MIDFIELDERS: Bryan Acosta (Real España), Marvin Chávez (Chivas USA/USA), Jorge Claros (Sporting Kansas City/USA), Edder Delgado (Real España), Oscar Boniek García (Houston Dynamo/USA), Luis Garrido (Houston Dynamo/USA), Mario Martínez (Barcelona SC/Ecuador) Andy Najar (Anderlecht/Belgium), Juan José Rodríguez (Parrilas One)
Mexico will host fellow CONCACAF member Honduras in front of a sell-out crowd at the Estadio Zoque in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.
Both teams featured at the World Cup, but Mexico fared remarkably better, finishing second behind hosts Brazil en route to reaching the round of 16 while Honduras failed to win a game.
Update: Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera names his final player roster for the match vs Honduras later today October 9, 2014
El técnico de la Selección Mexicana, Miguel “Piojo” Herrera, dio a conocer el 11 titular que jugará mañana ante Honduras, en donde buscará mantener una base en su esquema.
Goalie / Portero: Guillermo Ochoa.
Defense / Defensas: Paul Aguilar, Miguel Layún, Enrique Pérez, Julio César Domínguez, Oswaldo Alanís.
Mid-fielders / Medios: Antonio Rios, Héctor Herrera y Marco Fabián.
Forwards / Delanteros: Javier “Chicharito” Hernández y Oribe Peralta.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has declared the Mexico National Team will be represented by the following soccer players:
Mexico Soccer squad: Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca); Paul Aguilar (America), Enrique Perez (Atlas), Miguel Angel Herrera (Pachuca), Oswaldo Alanis Pantoja (Santos Laguna), Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), Luis Gerardo Venegas (Atlante), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL), Miguel Layun (America); Hector Herrera (Porto), Antonio Rios (Toluca), Javier Guemez (Tijuana), Javier Aquino (Villarreal), Rodolfo Gilbert Pizarro (Pachuca), Alfonso Gonzalez (Atlas), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul); Javier Antonio Orozco (Santos Laguna), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Oribe Peralta (America), Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid)
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