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Honduras will step on the Estadio Azteca field tomorrow night with the intention to upset Mexico national team in front of their fans. The “Catrachos” will have a complicated path if they want to return to Honduras with the three points in their bags; and the reason is really simple: Honduras has lost every single game in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers that they have played against Mexico, in Mexico City. Honduras lost seven games against “El Tri”, scoring just two goals and allowing 17 goals. The “Catrachos” are ready to change history this Friday.
Honduras national team left their training camp in Miami today, Florida; they have been training there since the beginning of the week, and landed in Mexico City around 15:30 PST on September 5th. The “Catrachos” will be welcome at the airport by a big group of private security guards that FENAFUTH hired in order to avoid incidents with Mexico fans. (Who are known for being violent against other soccer national teams who go to play against “El Tri”).
Luis Fernando Suarez, Honduras’ national team coach, has been planning this game with anticipation; from watching a video of every game Mexico has played in the last six months, to traveling to Mexico City just 24 hours before the match, and even including hyperbaric chambers on the “Catrachos” training camp in order to counterattack the effect of the altitude. Suarez thought of everything, so the players can focus on training and being mentally prepared to upset Mexico.
One of the biggest surprises in the list of 25 players that Luis Fernando Suarez called for the crucial matches against Mexico and Panama is the return of Jerry Bengtson. The NE Revolution forward was ejected from the Honduras national team after the victory against Jamaica because he complained to Suarez that he was not considered for the game. Later on, Bengtson spoke with media, and admitted that he made a mistake. Bengtson apologized to Suarez and with his national teammates. Unfortunately for Bengtson, NE Revolution didn’t like the way he reacted, and decided to bench him for future games.
Luis Fernando Suarez hopes that the contingent of Honduran players playing overseas will show all of their experience against a CONCACAF powerhouse. All the players are healthy and playing regularly for their clubs; this is something that helps Suarez with his effort to present the best team possible against Mexico.
One thing is certain, Honduras national team has a very high morale. Jerry Palacios, forward of Costa Rican club Alajuelense, believes Honduras has a chance to defeat Mexico: “All the players are excited to be in the national and have hopes of a great game on Friday”. Andy Najar, Honduras wonder kid that plays for Anderlecht in Belgium, is ready to take on Mexico: “Everyone has been working really hard to get a spot in the starting XI. It would be amazing to play, and defeat Mexico in Estadio Azteca”.
According to Honduras media, more than one thousand Hondurans will cheer for their national team at Estado Azteca on Friday night. They will try to make their voices heard against more than 100 thousand Mexico fans. If Honduras defeats Mexico, we can be sure that we will hear those one thousand Honduran voices.
This is the list of 25 players Luis Fernando Suarez called for the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier matches against Mexico on September 5th in Mexico City and Panama on September 10th in San Pedro Sula:
Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernández (Real España)
Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Nery Medina (Motagua), Juan Carlos García (Wigan/England), Emilio Izaguirrre (Celtic/Scotland), Osman Chávez (Wisla Cracovia/Poland), Víctor Bernardez (San José/USA), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City/England), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua)
Midfielders: Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke City/England), Roger Espinoza (Wigan/England), Arnold Peralta (Rangers/Scotland), Óscar Boniek García (Houston Dynamo/USA), Marvin Chávez (San José/USA), Andy Najar (Anderlecht/Belgium), Edgar Álvarez (Platense)
Forwards: Carlo Costly (Guizhou Zhicheng, China), Jerry Bengston (NE Revolution/USA), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Rony Martínez (Llaneros/Colombia), Georgie Welcome (Motagua).