FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson has been called up to represent Honduras during the country’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Ecuador.
Honduras, which is currently ranked 34th in the world in the most recent FIFA rankings, will meet 11th-ranked Brazil on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, before heading to Houston to play 22nd-ranked Ecuador on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Bengtson has 39 appearances for Honduras and has scored 18 international goals. Bengtson’s last appearance came on Oct. 15, 2013 in a 2-2 draw against Jamaica, while his last international goal was the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Oct. 11, 2013.
HONDURAN SQUAD FOR FRIENDLIES
Nov. 16-19, 2013
GOALKEEPERS: Noel Valladares and Jhon Bodden (Victoria).
DEFENDERS: Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua), Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Arnold Peralta (Rangers), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City), Víctor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes), Juan Carlos García (Wigan Athletic), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
MIDFIELDERS: Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke City), Edder Delgado (Real Espana), Boniek García (Houston Dynamo), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) and Marvin Chávez (San Jose Earthquakes).
FORWARDS: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Carlo Costly, Rony Martínez (Real Sociedad) and Jerry Palacios (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense).
Honduras is one of three CONCACAF teams that has automatically qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by finishing third in the region’s hexagonal qualifying round. Honduras joins the U.S. and Costa Rica as entrants into the World Cup draw, while Mexico, the region’s fourth-place team, will meet New Zealand in a two-game play-in series on Oct. 11 and 20, 2013.