In preparation for an international friendly two days later against visiting Venezuela, Honduras head coach Jorge Luis Pinto opened a camp Monday with 22 members of his 23-player roster.
“I liked a lot of things from the team,” said Pinto, who replaced Hernan Medford in December. “We managed the counterattack well, the dimension of the game and the standard of ball control. I’d say that that we are on the right path. I cannot be happy with losing a match, but I am satisfied.”
“We are not yet at an ideal point,” remarked the former Costa Rica manager. “The team pressured Venezuela constantly. The match was not attractive and was not the spectacle that we had wanted. It is not easy to change overnight and install another style.”
Honduras will have another opportunity to demonstrate progress under Pinto’s leadership, when it visits Venezuela on February 11 in Barinas.
The Honduras National Soccer Team to face off vs Venezuela on March 5th 2014 at the Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula is as follows:
UPDATE: FINAL SCORE HONDURAS 2 VENEZUELA 1
Goalies / Porteros: Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia) y Luis López (Real España).
Defense / Defensa: Arnold Peralta (Rangers, Escocia), Walter Williams (Real Sociedad), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City, Inglaterra), Víctor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes, Estados Unidos), Bryan Acosta (Real España), Henry Clark (Real Sociedad), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic, Escocia), Juan Carlos García (Wigan, Inglaterra).
Mid-Firled / Medo Campistas: Jorge Claros (Motagua), Edder Delgado (Real España), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Boniek García (Houston Dynamo, Estados Unidos), Andy Najar (Anderlecht, Bélgica), Roger Espinoza (Wigan, Inglaterra) y Marvin Chávez (Colorado Rapids, Estados Unidos).
Forwards / Delanteros: Diego Reyes (Marathón), Rony Martínez (Real Sociedad), Jerry Palacios (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, Costa Rica), Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution, Estados Unidos) y Rommel Quioto (Olimpia).
Honduras will host Venezuela rather than Tunisia in a pre-World Cup friendly on March 5, 2014
The game will be played at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula.
Venezuela and Honduras have squared off on eight previous occasions with the Venezuelans holding the advantage in wins, 4-2.
In their last meeting on August 10, 2011, the Honduran National Team “Los Catrachos” came away with a 2-0 victory at a sold-out Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Carlo Costly struck for both goals in 57th and 68th minutes.
The Hondurans are unbeaten in five of their last six international Fútbol matches.
Honduras vrs Venezuela History:
|22 Jun 1996||Honduras vs Venezuela||W||1-0||International|
|07 Jun 2003||Venezuela vs Honduras||L||2-1||International|
|10 Mar 2004||Venezuela vs Honduras||L||2-1||Mexico|
|16 Aug 2006||Venezuela vs Honduras||D||0-0||International|
|25 May 2007||Venezuela vs Honduras||L||2-1||International|
|30 May 2008||Venezuela vs Honduras||D||1-1||International|
|21 Apr 2010||Honduras vs Venezuela||L||0-1||International|
|10 Aug 2011||Honduras vs Venezuela||W||2-0||Internationl|
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