Honduras' Romell Quioto (pictured) has scored a team-high two goals in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
TEGUCIGLPA, Honduras – Honduras head coach Jorge Luis Pinto named Friday a 26-man roster for the first two matches in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The Catrachos will host both encounters at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, facing Panama on November 11, before meeting Trinidad & Tobago four days later.
Olimpia star Romell Quioto highlights a squad that features 16 domestic-based competitors. With two goals, the 25-year-old midfielder is Honduras’ top scorer in the current qualifying cycle. He has also netted seven times in 2016 Honduran Apertura play -- tying him for sixth on the goal chart – and twice during the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League’s group stage.
Also earning a call-up was defender Maynor Figueroa, who has helped FC Dallas to a berth in the SCCL quarterfinals, a U.S. Open Cup title and the best regular-season MLS record.
Platense’s Roby Norales, the Honduran league’s top scorer with 10 goals, will be looking to make his first-ever appearance in a World Cup qualifier.
GOALKEEPERS: Donis Escober (Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real España)
DEFENDERS: Brayan Beckeles (Necaxa/Mexico), Felix Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (FC Dallas/USA), Bryan Garcia (Vida), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/Scotland), Johnny Leveron (Correcaminos/Mexico), Cesar Oseguera (Real España), Johnny Palacios (Olimpia)
MIDFIELDERS: Bryan Acosta (Real España), Jorge Claros (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Carlos Discua (Motagua), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City/USA), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo/USA), Mario Martinez (ENNPI/Egypt), Alfredo Mejia (Marathon), Oliver Morazan (Olimpia), Romell Quioto (Olimpia), Oscar Salas (Olimpia)
FORWARDS: Rubilio Castillo (Motagua), Alberth Elis (Monterrey/Mexico), Eddie Hernandez (Qindao Jonoong/China), Roby Norales (Platense), Diego Reyes (Marathon)