Kansas City's Roger Espinoza has been named in Honduras' 23-man preliminary World Cup roster.
Congratulations to Roger, as this is a huge opportunity for him. He's been in tremendous form so far this year, having been shifted to left back in the off season. I'm not certain if he'll factor into the discussion for a Starting XI spot, but he'll surely push for one.
He will be leaving as earlier as this Friday. The Wizards will have to prepare for life without Espinoza. My thoughts: Michael Harrington shifts to left back and Chance Myers takes over at right back for the time being.
The final list of players must be submitted to FIFA by June 1. Honduras will face Chile, Spain and Switzerland in World Cup Group H.
The Catrachos leave Friday for a training camp in Germany, then moves to Austria on May 25. They will play exhibition against Belarus (May 27), South Korea (May 29), Azerbaijan (June 2) and Romania (June 5), then leave for South Africa on June 8.
The roster:Goalkeepers: Ricardo Canales (Motagua), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Noel Valladares (Olimpia)
Defenders: Victor Bernardez (Anderlecht, Belgium), Osman Chavez (Platense, Argentina), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan, England), Oscar Garcia (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Motagua), Sergio Mendoza (Motagua), Johnny Palacios (Olimpia), Mauricio Sabillon (Hangzhou Lucheng, China)
Midfielders: Edgard Alvarez (Bari, Italy), Julio Cesar de Leon (Torino, Italy), Roger Espinoza (Kansas City, United States), Amado Guevara (Motagua), Ramon Nunez (Olimpia), Wilson Palacios (Tottenham, England), Hendry Thomas (Wigan, England), Danilo Turcios (Olimpia)
Forwards: Walter Martinez (Marathon), Carlos Pavon (Real Espana), David Suazo (Genoa, Italy), Georgie Welcome (Motagua)