Rony Martinez (white jersey) participated in the first Honduras training camp under new head coach Hernan Meford, August 11-13, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Hernan Medford completed his first training camp as Honduras national team head coach Wednesday on a hopeful and optimistic note. The Costa Rican was presented as Luis Fernando Suarez’s replacement on July 29.
After losing all three of their group matches in the World Cup, the Catrachos have little time to waste with the Copa Centroamericana – Central America’s championship for national teams that also serves as a CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying competition – set for the United States in September.
Former Honduras international Carlos Pavon, a Medford assistant, was impressed by the level of effort demonstrated by the players in order to impress their new manager.
“I see the players with a lot of eagerness, enthusiasm and that is important…the attitude…that they see that they can do things well," said Pavon. "But at the same time, they are not over confident by the fact of having been called for this opportunity. It does not mean that they will be the ones to play in the Copa Centroamericana."
Striker Rony Martínez, a member of the World Cup team in Brazil, spoke about the mood around the team.
“We are working in an atmosphere of much calmness and on technical things," he said. "I like Medford’s ideas."
Midfielder Gerson Rodas, who scored two goals in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, already knew very well what to expect since he played under Medford at Real España.
"I have an advantage because I have come in as having been coached by Medford for a year," the 24-year-old said, "I know well the system of play that he likes to use, but it does not mean that I should get overconfident about it. Medford is a very demanding manager. He does not overlook details and that is going to help us improve.”
Motagua standout Juan Pablo Montes, who scored for Honduras in its 2013 Copa Centroamericana match against Panama, realized that the opportunity to work with Medford needed to be seized.
“First is to win Medford’s trust because at the end, it is he who will decide the players that will go to the Copa Centroamericana,” he expressed. “We know Medford’s capacity and we have to take advantage of the opportunity when he puts us in to play."