Medford presented as new Honduras head coach

Hernan Medford (left) meets with the press after being named the new head coach of Honduras on July 29, 2014.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Hernan Medford was presented Tuesday as the new head coach of Honduras, replacing Luis Fernando Suarez, who left the position following the country’s elimination from the recently completed FIFA World Cup.

It was revealed that the former Costa Rica standout and national team manager signed a one-year contract with the Honduran Football Federation (FENAFUTH) that will take him through the conclusion of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Prior to the Confederation’s showpiece event, though, Medford must navigate the Catrachos through the Central American Cup, which will be played September 3-13, 2014, in the United States.  The competition is the region’s championship for national teams that doubles as a Gold Cup qualifier.

In the effort to grab one of the four automatic qualifying places on offer, Medford will be assisted by Carlos Pavon and Arnold Cruz – both former Honduran internationals.

“I have to meet with my technical staff to determine where we are going to work with 22 or 23 players who will be called up and which ones we will be on the final list for the Central American Cup,” said Medford.

The 46-year-old leaves Real España, a team he guided to the 2013 Honduran Apertura title.  He assured the San Pedro Sula-based club that he will be on the sidelines for 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League opener at Mexico’s Pachuca on August 6, before handing the reins over to his replacement, Javier Delgado.

In a playing career that spanned parts of three decades, Medford is best known for scoring against Sweden in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and netting the game-winner in a World Cup qualifier at Mexico -- played at the Estadio Azteca -- on June 16, 2001.