By Dylan Butler

WASHINGTON -- The focus should be on football, on a critical Group B meeting with the United States at RFK Stadium in two days. But, Honduran coach Reinaldo Reyna admits that the political tensions in Honduras have affected his squad.

"It's very complicated, this topic, it's not easy," he said through a translator before the team's training session Monday evening. "The situation is only one motivation for us. We always wanted to do well in the tournament. The other situation is that everyone is thinking about their family, their parents, their sisters, their brothers so there's some worry there."

As the Honduran team was landing at Washington's Dulles International Airport on Sunday, the situation involving deposed President Manuel Zelaya remained tense.

Reportedly both Zelaya and a delegation of lawmakers and backers of the new government were to meet with U.S. officials in Washington on Tuesday, three days after the Organization of American States suspended Honduras from its ranks on July 4. On the same day at Qwest Field in Seattle, Honduras struggled to defeat Haiti, 1-0.

"Of course we all want a peaceful solution in our country that will help everybody relax," Rueda said.

That's players included. The team smiled and laughed while playing small-sided games at the beginning of its training session, but off the field, Rueda said, their focus is on their families at home as the protests in Tegucigalpa have turned deadly.

While the violence in Honduras has been a distraction, Rueda said it has also served as inspiration for Los Catrachos, who are attempting to win their first CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

"Yes, obviously we want to make everyone proud," Rueda said.

The players, though, say they are focused on facing the United States on Wednesday, looking to avenge a 2-1 loss at Soldier Field in Chicago in a World Cup qualifier one month ago.

"We deserved more than we got, but now we have the challenge again to face them," forward Georgie Welcome said. "We know all the Honduras fans are with us. … We've been training hard these couple of days for this match coming up."

And, as is often the case wherever they play on American soil, Los Catrachos should be bolstered by a partisan Honduran crowd, anxious to put their concerns about the political strife behind if only for two hours on Wednesday night.

"I think that's the main reason why Honduras has done (well) here," midfielder Roger Espinoza said. "We feel at home because we have all our fans here. Soccer in the United States is getting bigger and the U.S. is getting a lot more fans. We're pretty confident coming here and we're really happy we have a lot of fans supporting us. We're ready."