Gold Cup: Honduras name Marvin Chavez, Mario Martinez to roster
There will be more MLS players involved in the Gold Cup this summer, as Honduras unveiled their roster Thursday.
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chávez and Seattle Sounders midfielder Mario Martínez were called up by Los Catrachos boss Luis Fernando Suárez on the final Gold Cup roster. The pair will join former D.C. United midfielder/defender Andy Najar on the squad.
Honduras will open their play in Group B July 8 vs. Haiti, before facing El Salvador July 12. They conclude group play July 15 against Trinidad and Tobago. They have never won the Gold Cup, although they did take the 1981 CONCACAF Championship. In the 2011 Gold Cup, they made it to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Mexico.
FULL HONDURAS GOLD CUP TEAM
Goalkeepers (3): Donis Escober (Olimpia/Honduras), Kevin Hernández (Real España/Honduras), José Mendoza (Free agent)
Defenders (7): Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia/Honduras), Johnny Palacios (Olimpia/Honduras), David Velásquez (Victoria/Honduras), Juan Carlos García (Olimpia/Honduras), Orlin Peralta (Motagua/Honduras), Wálter Williams (Real Sociedad/Honduras), Osman Chávez (Wisla Krakow/Poland)
Midfielders (9): Jorge Claros (Hibernian/Scotland), Luis Garrido (Olimpia/Honduras), Andy Najar (Anderlecht/Belgium), Efraín López (Real Sociedad/Honduras), Marvin Chávez (San Jose Earthquakes), Alex López (Olimpia/Honduras), Mario Martínez (Seattle Sounders), Mario Berrios (Marathón/Honduras), Omar Elvir (Motagua/Honduras)
Forwards (4): Rony Martínez (Real Sociedad/Honduras), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad/Honduras), Roger Rojas (Olimpia/Honduras), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense/Costa Rica)