Juan Pablo Montes (pictured) was called up to Honduras' first training camp of 2015. (Photo: Mexsport)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduras commenced a new era Monday, when Jorge Luis Pinto opened a three-day camp, his first replacing Hernan Medford as head coach last month.
The 61-year-old Colombian, who guided Costa Rica to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, is working with a 24-man squad through Wednesday. In preparation for March’s two-legged CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff against French Guiana, the Catrachos will meet Venezuela twice next month (home on February 4, away on February 11).
“This is a process that begins today and ends in Russia,” said Pinto in reference to his roster at a Sunday press conference. “With this I do not want to say that those who are not here will not have their opportunity. We are going to closely observe these players. I always have the doors open to the national team always and we hope that they complete the job.”
Pinto emphasized that his influence over the team will be incremental and that the fans should have patience.
“There are good things from the previous process,” he commented. “I will also put my hand on this team. I cannot change a lot overnight, but with time many changes will come.”
(Training camp: January 26-28, 2015)
GOALKEEPERS: Donis Esober (Olimpia), Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Orlin Vallecillo (Honduras Progreso)
DEFENDERS: Wilmer Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Clark (Real Sociedad), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Johnny Leveron (no club), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua), Carlos Palacios (Marathon), Arnold Peralta (no club), Carlos Sanchez (Real España)
MIDFIELDERS: Bryan Acosta (Real España), Jorge Cardona (Honduras Progreso), Edder Delgado (Real España), Wilmer Fuentes (Marathón), Mario Martinez (Real España), Byron Mendez (Olimpia), Chestyn Onofre (Vida)
FORWARDS: Rubilio Castillo (Motagua), Carlos Discua (Motagua), Antony Lozano (Olimpia), Romell Quioto (Olimpia), Diego Reyes (Marathon), Angel Tejeda (Honduras Progreso)