Medford to open first Honduras camp

Gerson Rodas (pictured) received a call-up to Hernan Medford's first training camp as the head coach of Honduras. (Photo: Mexsport)

TEGUCIGALPA,  Honduras – Hernan Medford will open his first camp as the head coach of Honduras on Monday with 23 players, including seven from Real España, the club he managed previously.

The three-day gathering in Tegucigalpa will focus on preparations for the upcoming Copa Centroamericana, Central America’s championship for national teams that doubles as a qualifying competition for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Costa Rican extended invitations to five players with no experience with the full national team – forward Bryan Rochez; midfielder Juan Josué Rodríguez; defenders Jonathan Paz and Israel Fonseca; plus, goalkeeper Yul Arzú.

Rochez, 19, netted 20 goals during the 2013/14 Honduran league campaign and tallied three times in the recently completed Central American qualifying tournament for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.

Honduras, which competed in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will commence Copa Centroamericana play on September 3 against Belize in Washington, D.C.

(Training camp: August 11-13, 2014)

GOALKEEPERS: Yul Arzú (Marathón), Kevin Hernández (Real España), Luis López (Real España)

DEFENDERS: Bryan Acosta (Real España), Wilfredo Barahona (Real España), Henry Clark (Real Sociedad), Wilmer Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Israel Fonseca (Olimpia), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua), Jonathan Paz (Real Sociedad), Javier Portillo (Olimpia)

MIDFIELDERS: Edder Delgado (Real España), Carlos Discua (Motagua), Wilmer Fuentes (Marathón), Diego Reyes (Marathón), Gerson Rodas (Real España), Juan Josué Rodríguez (Parrillas One)

FORWARDS: Antony Lozano (Olimpia), Rony Martínez (Real Sociedad), Carlos Will Mejia (Olimpia), Rommel Quioto (Olimpia), Bryan Róchez (Real España)