Revolution’s Jerry Bengtson called up to Honduras for World Cup Qualifiers
Honduras, which is currently ranked 40th in the world in the most recent FIFA rankings, will host 33rd-ranked Costa Rica in San Pedro Sula on Friday, Oct. 11. On Tuesday, Oct.15, Honduras will travel to Kingston to face 78th-ranked Jamaica in the teams’ final Hexagonal qualifier.
Bengtson will depart the Revolution to join up with Honduras on Sunday, Oct. 6, following the Revs’ match at New York. He will miss the team’s match against Montreal on Oct. 12, and is expected to rejoin the Revs at training on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Bengtson has 37 appearances for Honduras and has scored 17 international goals. Bengtson’s last appearance came on Sept. 10 in a 2-2 draw against Panama, while his last international goal came against Mexico in a 2-1 road win on Sept. 6.
HONDURAN SQUAD FOR WCQs
Oct. 11-15, 2013
GOALKEEPERS: Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernandez (Real Spain)
DEFENDERS: Maynor Figueroa (Hull City), Osman Chavez (Wilsa Krakow), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic Glasgow), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan Athletic), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua), Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Jhonny Leveron (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and Arnold Peralta (Rangers).
MIDFIELDERS: Jorge Claros (Motagua), Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes), Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Wilson Palacios (Stoke City), Edgard Alvarez (Platense), Andy Najar (Anderlecht).
FORWARDS: Anthony Lozano (Olimpia), Rony Martínez (Real Sociedad), Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution) Carlo Costly (Guizhou Zhicheng) and Jerry Palacios (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense).
Honduras currently sits third in the six-team CONCACAF group with a 3-3-2 record, with only the upcoming match days remaining in Hexagonal (final round) qualifying. The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place team will play a play-in series against the Oceania region winner (New Zealand). The United States leads the six-team group with a 5-2-1 record.