The Honduras under-20 national team (white jersey) in action against its counterpart from El Salvador in a friendly on April 8, 2014. (Diario de Hoy)
TEGUCIGALPA -- Honduras under-20 national team head coach Jorge Jimenez revealed Tuesday his roster for a training camp in Tegucigalpa, which will take place just days prior to a friendly against El Salvador on May 8.
Of the 26 players selected, 21 play in the Honduran first division, including midfielder Brayan Velasquez and forward Jorge Bodden, who scored two goals each at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The only foreign-based player to receive a call-up is Jorge Arturo Cálix of the USA’s D.C. United.
”After two games in El Salvador last month, our focus now is to give to the players more competition, especially for those whose teams are out of the final playoff such as Motagua, Real España, Victoria,” Jimenez told CONCACAF.com. ”In this four days of the camp, the plan is to develop tactical concepts for future official competitions.”
Earlier this month, Honduras posted a 2-1 victory over host El Salvador in an April 8 friendly. Two days later, the Catrachos topped Santa Tecla by the same score.
Honduras and El Salvador are preparing for Central American under-20 qualifiers scheduled to take place later this year.
The next FIFA U-20 World Cup will be held in New Zealand, May 30-June 20, 2015.
(Training camp starting on May 5, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: Javier Enrique Cruz (Honduras Progreso), Cristian Hernández (Valle FC), Roberto López (Real España), Darwin Reyes (Victoria)
DEFENDERS: Byron García (Real España), Elmer Guity (Olimpia), Kenneth Hernández (Victoria), Kevin Johnson (Platense), Carlos Moncada (Real España), Maylor Nuñez (Motagua), Jhonathan Paz (Real Sociedad), Luis Santos (Olimpia)
MIDFIELDERS: Rolín Alvarez (Parrillas One), Jhow Benavidez (Real España), David Flores (Motagua), Rembrandt Flores (Olimpia), Devron García (Victoria), Kevin López (Motagua), Fredy Medina (Atlético Choloma), Maycol Montero (Vida), Brayan Velázquez (Olimpia)
FORWARDS: Jorge Bodden (Valencia FC), Jorge Cálix (D.C. United/USA), Michael Chirinos (Olimpia), Alberth Elis (Olimpia), Bryan Rochez (Real España)