One of the more successful teams in CONCACAF over the years, Honduras is yet to find ultimate confirmation of that status at the Gold Cup. The Catrachos barley missed out on the inaugural Gold Cup title in 1991, falling to the United States on penalty kicks in the final at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. They have not been able to match that feat in more recent years, despite appearing in nine of the ten Gold Cups disputed since that maiden episode.
Nevertheless, Honduras is a team indisputably on the upswing after returning to the World Cup finals in 2010 for the first time in nearly three decades. It has been a semifinalist in three of the last four editions of CONCACAF’s most important national team tournament. Luis Fernando Suarez’s team will hope to carry over its excellent World Cup qualifying form into a group that includes rival El Salvador, as well as Caribbean sides Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago.
Honduras qualified for this year’s Gold Cup after finishing as runner-up to Costa Rica in the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana.
Olimpia forward Roger Rojas, who has eight career CONCACAF Champions League goals, could potentially lead the Honduran attack, while 20-year-old midfielder Andy Najar of Belgium’s Anderlecht is a rising star. With a roster bolstered by national team veterans such as Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes), Osman Chavez (Wisla Krakow), Jorge Claros (Hibernian) and Johnny Palacios (Olimpia) – Honduras’ chance for Gold Cup glory could well come in 2013.