Wilmer Crisanto (white jersey) was selected for Honduras' November friendlies in Asia. (Photo: Mexsport)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – With a place in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup still to be earned, Honduras head coach Hernan Medford called in 22 players Tuesday for friendlies at Japan and China on November 14 and November 18, respectively.
A fifth-place finish in September’s Central American Cup forced the Catrachos into a playoff against the fifth-place team in the upcoming Caribbean Cup (November 10-17, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica). The winner will secure the 12th and last berth at the Confederation’s showpiece event.
"We want to consolidate the base for the Gold Cup playoffs," said Medford, who named a pair of under-20 forwards to the squad in Olimpia’s Alberth Elis and Bryan Rochez of Real España.
Medford’s newest selection consists of numerous familiar faces, including veteran defender Maynor Figueroa. The 31-year-old has 110 caps and is one of 10 invited players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.
Honduras, which in its last outing on October 14 played the United States to a 1-1 draw thanks to a Figueroa goal, is 2-1-3 in six games since the end of the World Cup.
(International friendlies: November 14, 2014, away v Japan; November 18, 2014, away v China)
GOALKEEPERS: Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernandez (Real España), Orlin Vallecillo (Honduras Progreso)
DEFENDERS: Wilfredo Barahona (Real España), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Wilmer Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/Scotland), Javier Portillo (Olimpia )
MIDFIELDERS: Marvin Chavez (Chivas USA/USA), Edder Delgado (Real España), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo/USA), Luis Garrido (Houston Dynamo/USA), Mario Martinez (Barcelona SC/Ecuador), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Arnold Peralta (Rangers/Scotland), Juan Jose Rodríguez (Parrillas One)
FORWARDS: Alberth Elis (Olimpia), Romell Quioto (Olimpia), Bryan Rochez (Real España), Roger Rojas (Ettifaq/Saudi Arabia)