2014 World Cup: Honduras Announces 23-Man Roster


courtesy of fifa.com

Honduras announced their 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Monday. There are four players that play in MLS that made the roster. Oscar Boniek Garcia of the Houston Dynamo, Victor Bernandez of the San Jose Earthquakes, Marvin Chavez of the Colorado Rapids and Jerry Bengston of the New England Revolution will be part of the contingent of MLS players in Brazil this summer.

Honduras Head Coach Luis Fernando Suarez left off a few players that may be a surprise to some people. Suarez left off forward Georgie Welcome and defenders Johnny Leveron and Erick Norales from the squad. Welcome played with Honduras at the last World Cup while both Leveron and Norales each have more than 20 caps for Honduras in their careers.

The team will be led by veterans such as goalkeeper Noel Valladares, defender Maynor Figueroa and forward Carlo Costly.

According to Honduras officials domestic national team players will meet in Fort Lauderdale on May 12th, with the rest of the squad arriving on May 20th. Honduras will be playing three friendlies in the US. They will face Turkey on May 29th in Washington, D.C. They then take on Israel in Houston on June 1st. They finish up their World Cup preparation with a game against England in Miami on June 7th.

Honduras is in Group E with Ecuador, France and Switzerland. For their first match they face France on June 15th in Porte Alegre, Ecuador June 20th in Curitiba and Switzerland June 25th in Manaus.

Here is the full roster listed for Brazil:


Noel Valladares, Olimpia
Donis Escober, Olimpia
Luis López, Real España


Arnold Peralta, Rangers (Scotland)
Maynor Figueroa, Hull City (England)
Víctor “Muma” Bernárdez, San José Earthquakes (USA)
Emilio Izaguirre, Celtic (Scotland)
Osman Chávez, Qingdao Jonoon (China)
Juan Carlos García, Wigan (England)
Bryan Beckeles, Olimpia
Juan Pablo Montes, Motagua


Wilson Palacios, Stoke City (England)
Jorge Claros, Motagua
Luis Garrido, Olimpia
Roger Espinoza, Wigan (England)
Boniek García, Houston Dynamo (USA)
Andy Nájar, Anderlecht (Belgium)
Marvin Chávez, Colorado Rapids (USA)
Mario Martínez, Real España


Carlo Costly, Real España
Jerry Bengtson, New England Revolution (USA)
Jerry Palacios, Alajuelense (Costa Rica)
Rony Martínez, Real Sociedad.

Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.

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