While the U.S. team has 14 players coming to Miami from outside our borders (13 from Europe and Pachuca’s Jose Torres), Honduras has a healthy European contingent as well, albeit a bit smaller in number.
The Honduras roster for the Oct. 10 qualifier features 10 players who ply their trade outside their home country: eight in Europe, one in Mexico (Ramon Nuñez of Cruz Azul) and one in MLS (Amado Guevara of Toronto FC).
Here’s a quick look at how the foreign-based Catrachos fared this weekend:
Defender Victor Bernárdez entered the match in the 33rd minute for Anderlecht (Belgium) on Sunday in 4-2 loss to Club Brugge, but picked up a muscle injury and had to depart in the 70th minute, leaving his side to finish the game with 10 players. Bernárdez had played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Ajax during mid-week Europa League play.
Defender Victor Figueroa played 90 minutes for Wigan during its 2-1 English Premier League loss to JozyAltidore’s Hull City, but the U.S. striker remained on the sub’s bench.
The Honduran midfield has the most international experience, with six players on the books at foreign clubs. Four saw action over the weekend.
Edgard Álvarez played 90 minutes as Bari of the Serie A drew 0-0 with Catania. Elsewhere in Italy’s top flight, Julio César de León’s Parma also tied, earning a 1-1 at Sampdoria, but the Honduran midfielder did not see action.
Hendry Thomas played a full 90 minutes for Wigan in that 2-1 loss to Hull before being replaced in second half stoppage time. Wilson Palacios saw all 90 minutes for Tottenham Hotspur during its 2-2 tie with Bolton Wanderers and played a part in the 73rd minute equalizer. He recovered from a painful first-half challenge that drew a yellow card to deliver a pass to the head of Peter Crouch, who nodded on to Niko Kranjacar to power home.
In Mexico, Ramón Núñez came on in the 63rd minute in a 2-0 loss to U.N.A.L. and picked up a yellow card in the 90th minute. Toronto FC hasn’t played since Sept. 26, but Amado Guevara, who is suspended for the U.S. match after picking up a late yellow card in a 1-0 loss to Mexico in Honduras’ most recent qualifier, did go 90 minutes in that match, a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Fire.
Up top, Carlo Costly entered in the final minutes for GKS Belchatow (Poland) in a 1-0 win against Korona Kielce. Honduras’ most high profile player, David Suazo of Inter Milan, came on in the 73rd minute of his club’s 2-1 victory against Udinese on Saturday. That appearance gave him a good view of Wesley Sneijder's injury time winner that put Inter at the top of the table. Suazo may be seeing increased playing time in the near future, as Inter striker Diego Milito could be sidelined for a least a month with a thigh strain suffered in the match.