After careful consideration, FC Dallas attacking midfielder Marvin Chávez declined Honduras’ invitation to the 2011 Gold Cup, citing his club team’s current injury situation as reason to remain in the United States.
With recent injuries to key offensive players David Ferreira and Milton Rodríguez, the speedy 5-foot-5 winger decided his best interests were to remain with his club team, MLSsoccer.com confirmed Friday afternoon..
“I received news of the call-up [and am] very happy,” Chávez told FutbolMLS.com. “But regrettably, my team, FC Dallas, is in a crisis with many injured players and I will not go to the Gold Cup. Coach [Schellas Hyndman] talked with me and explained to me what is going on. We had to analyze it and thought it was best not to attend.”
Chávez was a key cog to Los Catrachos’ success earlier in 2011, scoring a goal en route to their first Copa Centroamericana title since 1995.
He apologized to his country for turning down the Gold Cup call-up.
“I want to give public apologies to everyone in the Honduran community and, moreover, Honduras’ technical body for not attending the tournament,” said Chávez.
The decision was not an easy one for the 27-year-old midfielder. During the thought process, Hyndman offered support in whatever decision Chávez reached.
“I went to him and said, 'Marvin, as far as the club is concerned, we want what’s best for you. We want you to do what do you want,'” Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com. “I didn’t want to lead him because that comes off as a behind-the-scenes power play and I stressed to him he needed to make the decision on his own.”
Added Hyndman, “He said, 'Coach, I appreciate how you handle this. I love playing for Honduras, but I think the club right now really needs all the players we have.'”
Chávez asked FC Dallas to send an official letter to the Honduran federation informing them of his decision and later spoke with Honduras manager Luis Fernando Suárez, who accepted and supported Chávez’s choice.
“It says a lot about a person and their character to be able to stand on your own two feet and make this decision,” said Hyndman of Chávez. “I’m sure he’d like to be in both places right now. To be honest, if we didn’t have two strikers out, he may have gone in a different direction.”
Hyndman said Chávez appreciated all the honesty given from the MLS club, and the attacker offered more words to Honduras fans that had looked forward to seeing him in the blue and white this summer.
“I hope that they understand that I must help my team right now,” he said, “but at the same time, I’ll be working here to have a new opportunity to represent my country.”