U.S. Men’s National Team Game Notes
USA vs. Honduras
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FOCUSING ON THE REGION: With a 4-0 win against Grenada in the books, the U.S. Men’s National Team continues its quest for a third-consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup championship when it takes on Honduras on Wednesday, July 8, at 9 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., live on Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura. Four 2008 Olympians scored for the U.S. in the Independence Day opener with Freddy Adu, Stuart Holden, Robbie Rogers and Charlie Davies all finding the back of the net. Currently the Group B leaders with one win and a plus-four goal differential, the U.S. closes out the group against Haiti on July 11 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET. All of the U.S. matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, the Univision television networks and the Futbol de Primera Radio Network (complete broadcast schedule). Ticket information for the Gold Cup is available at goldcup.org.
Group B Standings & Schedule
U.S. ROSTER FOR SELECTION AGAINST HONDURAS: U.S. head coach Bob Bradley will have 23 of his 30-player roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup available for selection to the game day roster against Honduras on Wednesday night. Benny Feilhaber has joined the 22 players that traveled from Seattle and will be eligible for selection. Feilhaber is the only player on the U.S. roster who faced Honduras on June 6, 2009, in a 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying win for the U.S. in Chicago. Charlie Davies dressed for that match, but was not used. Feilhaber is perhaps most noted as the player who scored the game-winner against Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final on a thunderous volley that was voted Best Goal by U.S. Soccer fans in the Best of U.S. Soccer Awards.
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster – July 6-8 in Washington, D.C.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Out of Contract)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)
STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT ON THE LEFT COAST: The U.S. won their 10th CONCACAF Gold Cup opening match in 10 tries with the 4-0 win against Grenada at Seattle’s Qwest Field on July 4. In just the second-ever match for the U.S. on Independence Day, Freddy Adu, Stuart Holden, Robbie Rogers and Charlie Davies all scored for the U.S., while Rogers earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors assisting on the Adu and Holden goals in the first half, before scoring in the 60th minute. Holden was one of three players to debut for the U.S., along with midfielders Logan Pause and Brad Evans. Troy Perkins made his second career appearance and earned his first shutout in the win, ensuring the clean sheet with his only save of the game an athletic effort to deny a header to the far post in the 22nd minute.
- Freddy Adu and Brad Evans each received a yellow card against Grenada. A yellow card against Honduras for either player would result in a suspension for the Group B finale against Haiti on July 11 in Foxborough, Mass.
- For Honduras, Osman Chavez and Allan Lalin carry yellow cards into Wednesday’s match.
- Steve Cherundolo captained the U.S. for the first time in his career against Grenada. He leads the squad in caps with 52 international appearances.
- With his 31st-minute header, Stuart Holden became the 45th player to score in his first appearance. His Houston Dynamo teammate, Eddie Robinson, was the last to do so with a goal against Sweden on Jan. 19, 2008.
- Rogers' two assists were the most in a game for the U.S. since Landon Donovan assisted on all-three Jozy Altidore goals against Trinidad & Tobago on April 1.
- Rogers became the first U.S. player to record multiple assists and also score a goal since Chris Klein did so in a 4-0 win against Guatemala on Feb. 19, 2006.
- The opener was the first time that the U.S. has had four different players score a goal in a Gold Cup match. The U.S. scored five goals against Cuba in 2003, but Landon Donovan scored four of those. The U.S. has scored four goals in three other Gold Cup matches, but at least one player had multiple goals in each of those games.
- Wednesday’s match will be the 18th appearance by the U.S. at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The U.S. has an all-time 11-3-3 record there.
- The 19th appearance at RFK Stadium will be on Oct. 14, 2009, when the U.S. faces Costa Rica in the final home FIFA World Cup qualifier of the 2010 cycle.
- The U.S. will be facing Honduras for the 14th time, and has an 8-2-3 edge in the series.
- The last meeting against Honduras was on June 6, a 2-1 win for the U.S. in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Chicago’s Soldier Field.
- The U.S. is 2-0-1 against Honduras in the Gold Cup, including a 0-0 tie in the inaugural Gold Cup final in 1991 that the U.S. won 4-3 on penalties.
- Honduras was the last CONCACAF opponent to defeat the U.S. at home. Since a 3-2 loss in FIFA World Cup qualifying on Sept. 1, 2001, the U.S. is riding a 54-game unbeaten streak that includes 44 wins and 10 ties.
- The debut of Holden, Logan Pause and Brad Evans marked the second time this year that three players earned their first cap in the same game. Previously, Troy Perkins, Rogers and Chris Wingert were capped for the first time on Jan. 24 against Sweden.
- Four players on the roster are yet to debut for the U.S. and are looking for their first cap: goalkeeper Robles, defender Jay Heaps and midfielders Colin Clark and Sam Cronin.
- The U.S. holds a 35-4-5 all-time record in the regional event and has outscored opponents 85-26.
- The Americans have never lost in group play at the Gold Cup, holding a 22-0-1 record. The only tie came on July 12, 2005, in a scoreless affair with Costa Rica in Foxborough, Mass.
- The U.S. has never lost or tied a CONCACAF opponent at the Gold Cup when scoring a goal. The U.S. scored two goals in a tie with Colombia in the semifinals of the 2000 edition. The only loss when scoring a goal was a 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the 2003 edition.
- The 23-player roster for the game against Honduras carries over five players from the FIFA Confederations Cup squad: Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies, Benny Feilhaber, Heath Pearce and Luis Robles.
- The U.S. is the two-time defending champion of the tournament, hoisting the trophy in 2005 and 2007. The U.S. also won the 1991 and 2002 editions.
- Brian Ching, Benny Feilhaber and Michael Parkhurst return from the 23-man squad that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- Cherundolo, Jimmy Conrad and Santino Quaranta return from the group that won the regional title in 2005 in a penalty-kick shootout against Panama.
- Nine of 23 players have appeared in a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while two players, Cherundolo and Conrad, have appeared in a FIFA World Cup match.
- Goalkeeper Jon Busch, originally on the 23 man roster, is eligible for selection but will not join the team and will remain with the Chicago Fire unless needed due to suspension or injury.
CONCACAF EXPANDS U.S. GOLD CUP ROSTER TO 30 PLAYERS: CONCACAF announced a provision that allows any team participating in the FIFA Confederations Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the same year to expand its Gold Cup roster from 23 to 30 players. The provision was provided due to the extreme circumstances that teams face due to playing in back-to-back tournaments. As a result of this provision, the U.S. has added seven players to the U.S. roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. All seven players were members of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup squad in South Africa last month. Forwards Jozy Altidore and Conor Casey, midfielders Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan, defender Jonathan Bornstein and goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be eligible for selection during the entire tournament; however, the U.S. will not have all seven players present for each Gold Cup match. Only 18 players will be eligible to dress for any given game.
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CONFED CUP RECAP: The U.S. made a historic run in the FIFA Confederations Cup, culminating in its first-ever final in a major international championship. After opening with two losses in group play to reigning FIFA World Cup champion Italy and eventual Confederations Cup champion Brazil, the U.S. clinched an unlikely berth to the semifinals by virtue of a 3-0 win against Egypt in the final group match. A semifinal appearance meant a date with No. 1-ranked Spain, who entered the game with a 35-match unbeaten streak. Goals in each half from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey lifted the U.S. to one of its greatest performances of all time and launched them into the final for a rematch with Brazil. The U.S. led the five-time world champion for 64 minutes, with first-half goals from Dempsey and Donovan, but eventually fell as Brazil scored three unanswered goals for a 3-2 victory. It was the first time in U.S. history that they lost after taking a two-goal lead. Even with the disappointing loss, the second-place finish stands as the best-ever performance for the U.S. in a FIFA competition.
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IN FOCUS: HONDURAS
HONDURAS FACT FILE
Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras
Founded: 1951 (Joined FIFA in the same year)
Head Coach: Reinaldo Rueda (Colombia)
Best World Cup Finish: First Round, 1982
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Runner-up, 1991
Caps Leader: Amada Guevara (125)
Top Scorer: Carlos Pavon (52)
Key Players: Carlos Costly, Walter Martinez
FOR STARTERS: Honduras kicked off the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory against Haiti, with forward Carlos Costly scoring the game-winner off of a Walter Martinez free kick in the 76th minute. Osman Chavez, Martinez and Costly were the only starters for Honduras that played in their June 6 qualifier against the U.S., while Georgie Welcome came off the bench both against Haiti and the U.S. back in June.
AT ANOTHER TIME IN THIS PLACE: The U.S. has played 18 times at RFK Stadium, and has won seven of the last eight meetings there going back to a 1-0 win against Argentina in 1999. However, on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, Honduras turned the nation’s capital into a tiny Tegucigalpa as a charged crowd of 54,282 got behind the visitors to see a 3-2 victory against the U.S. in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. U.S. captain Earnie Stewart scored twice, but had a penalty kick stopped as Milton Nuñez scored on either side of a Carlos Pavon penalty conversion. It’s now been 54 games since a CONCACAF rival has defeated the U.S. at home. U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo started at right back for the U.S. in that game and assisted on Stewart’s opening goal in the seventh minute. The Honduras goals are the only time since 1960 a visiting team has scored three against the U.S. in qualifying.
IN THE GOLD CUP: The teams have met three times in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the U.S. holding a 2-0-1 record in three meetings which included a scoreless final in 1991. In the inaugural event, the U.S. – which beat Mexico for just the third-time ever 2-0 in the semifinals – won the trophy 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout after 120 minutes of scoreless action. Tony Meola made three saves in the penalty shootout, while Marcelo Balboa, Paul Caligiuri, Dominic Kinnear and Fernando Clavijo converted for the U.S. Two years later in group play the U.S. defeated Honduras 1-0 on a 29th-minute Alexi Lalas goal. Most recently, the U.S. posted a 2-1 overtime victory in the semifinals of the 2005 edition at Giants Stadium, with John O’Brien scoring the tying goal and Oguchi Onyewu getting the game-winner with his first international goal.
Honduras Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): John Bodden (CD Victoria), Ricardo Canales (CD Motagua), Donis Escobar (CD Olimpia)
DEFENDERS (7): Osman Chavez (CD Platense), Juan Carlos Garcia (CD Marathon), Nery Medina (Real Espana), David Molina (CD Motagua), Erick Norales (CD Marathon), Johnny Palacios (CD Olimpia), Luis Ramos (Nyireghaza Spartacus),
MIDFIELDERS (4): Miguel Castillo (CD Motagua), Roger Espinoza (Kansas City Wizards), Rigoberto Padilla (Hispano FC), Melvin Valladares (Real Espana)
FORWARDS (9): Marvin Chavez (CD Platanese), Carlos Costly (Belchatow), Edder Delgado (Real Espana), Allan Lalin (Real Espana), Luis Alfredo Lopez (Marathon), Walter Martinez (Alavez), Carlos Palacios (Real Espana), Georgie Welcome (Motagua), Carlos Mejia (Marathon)
OLYMPIC FEEL: Honduras and the U.S. were CONCACAF representatives at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and each roster for this 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup matchup includes several Olympians available for selection on Wednesday. For the U.S., Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, Michael Parkhurst and Robbie Rogers represented the U.S. in China, narrowly failing to advance out of their group with a win against Japan, a tie with the Netherlands and a loss to Nigeria. Six players from the Honduras roster -- Edder Delgado, Luis Lopez, David Molina, Erick Norales and Rigoberto Padilla traveled to China, where Honduras was shutout by Italy, Cameroon and Korea Republic. The U.S. and Honduras faced off in the final of the CONCACAF Under-23 Championship after both teams had secured advancement, with Honduras prevailing 1-0 in overtime. For the U.S., Holden is the only Gold Cup player to have appeared in that final, while for Honduras Lopez, Molina, Norales and Padilla were all on the field that day and Georgie Welcome – who is on the Gold Cup roster but not the Olympic roster – scored the game-winner in the 103rd minute.
THE REST OF THE REGION – AFTER ONE MATCH: Runners up in 2007, Mexico will be looking to return to the Gold Cup final in 2009 and El Tri were one of four teams along with the U.S., Honduras and Canada to open with a shutout victory. Mexico topped Nicaragua 2-0 to take the lead in Group C, while Guadeloupe inched past Panama 2-1. In Group A, El Salvador derailed group favorite Costa Rica with a 2-1 win and sits atop the group, ahead of Canada which topped Jamaica 1-0. Up next Group A heads to Columbus, Ohio, where Jamaica faces Costa Rica and El Salvador faces Canada on July 7 while Group C heads to Houston on July 9 where Mexico faces Panama and Guadeloupe takes on Nicaragua.
CONCACAF Gold Cup Standings and Results
LOOKING BACK AT THE ’07 RUN: In the 2007 Gold Cup final, the U.S. continued their domination of Mexico with a sterling, come-from-behind 2-1 masterpiece to claim their fourth all-time CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Despite a 1-0 halftime deficit, a confident and powerful U.S. team dominated Mexico in the second half behind a Landon Donovan penalty kick and the 2007 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards’ Best Goal from Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber’s one-time, full-volley blast sailed into the upper left corner past a helpless Oswaldo Sanchez and, after some heroic late goalkeeping from Tim Howard, held up as the game winner. That win earned the U.S. a place in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup as regional champions. The U.S. advanced to the final after a narrow 2-1 win against a tough Canadian side in the semifinal and a 2-1 win against a determined Panama in the quarterfinals. In the group phase, the U.S. was backed by three-consecutive shutouts in wins against El Salvador (4-0), Trinidad & Tobago (2-0) and Guatemala (1-0).
HOPING FOR ANOTHER TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA: After five of 10 games, the U.S. sits in second place in the CONCACAF region’s FIFA World Cup qualifying, two points behind Costa Rica. The difference between the top two teams in the standings is the result of a 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica suffered by the U.S. on June 3 on the artificial surface of San Jose’s Saprissa Stadium. Following the loss in Costa Rica, the U.S. defeated Honduras on June 6, in Chicago to continue an undefeated run in home qualifiers that dates to 2001. The road to South Africa started for the U.S. with a 9-0 aggregate win in a two-game series against Barbados, and continued in the fall as the U.S. posted a 5-1-0 record in the CONCACAF semifinal round in a group with Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Cuba.
CONCACAF FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING UPDATE: The fourth and fifth match days of CONCACAF qualifying wrapped up, with the majority of games taking place on Saturday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 10. To get a head start on their departure to South Africa, FIFA granted the U.S. permission to move up their qualifier at Costa Rica to June 3. The top three teams in the hexagonal table automatically earn berths to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, while the fourth-place team will face a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place finisher in South America. The next set of games is slated for Aug. 12, when the U.S. travels in an attempt to earn their first victory against Mexico at the famed Estadio Azteca.
CONCACAF Final Round Standings
BOB ON THE JOB: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 44 games under his belt, seeing more than 75 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 in full swing, a review of the body of work during the past two years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:
- produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup
- won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row in 2008, a new team record (June 15-Oct. 15)
- won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 and qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
- won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008)
- won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, @ Switzerland and March 26, 2008, @ Poland)
- won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008, @ Poland)
- played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2)
- played matches on four continents
- posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Gold Cup: 7-0-0
Goals For: 86
Goals Against: 45
Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 17-2-3, 48 GF, 14 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-6-1, 9 GF, 19 GA
UEFA: 6-4-0, 15 GF, 10 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 2-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA
Record when …
Leading at half: 19-2-1
Losing at half: 1-4-1
Tied at half: 8-6-2
On the field for the USA
July 4, 2009 – Seattle, Wash. – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B
USA 4 Adu 7, Holden 31, Rogers 60, Davies 68
USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 6-Steve Cherundolo (capt.) (21-Brad Evans, 63), 4-Chad Marshall, 3-Clarence Goodson (14-Michael Parkhurst, 71), 2-Heath Pearce; 10-Stuart Holden, 8-Logan Pause, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 7-Robbie Rogers; 9-Charlie Davies (22-Davy Arnaud, 70), 19-Freddy Adu
Subs not used: 16-Jay Heaps, 17-Kenny Cooper, 18-Luis Robles, 20-Santino Quaranta
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
GRN: 30-Desmond Noel; 4-Cassim Langainge, 5-Jason James, 6-Marc Marshall, 11-Anthony Modeste (capt.); 23-Patrick Modeste, 7-Byron Bubb, 9-Ricky Charles, 25-Shane Rennie; 10-Kithson Bain (12-Denron Daniel, 56), 14-Marcus Julien (20-Jake Rennie, 56)
Subs Not Used: 1-Andre Baptiste, 13-Dwayne Leo, 15-Rimmel Daniel, 16-Kwasi Paul, 19-Michael Mark
Head Coach: Tommy Taylor
On the field for Honduras
July 4, 2009 – Seattle, Wash. – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B
Honduras 1 Carlos Costly 76
HON: 22-Donis Escober; 5-Erick Norales, 11-Mariano Acevedo, 2-Osman Chavez, 16-Nery Medina; 14-Carlos Palacios, 23-Roger Espinoza (10-Marvin Chavez, 67), 18-Melvin Valladares (17-Miguel Castillo, 82), 13-Carlos Costly; 8-Allan Lalin (24-Georgie Welcome, 61), 15-Walter Martinez
Subs not used:3-David Molina, 4-Johnny Palacios, 9-Carlos Will Mejia, 12-Ricardo Canales
Head Coach: Reynaldo Rueda
HAI: 18-Jean Zephirin; 6-Frantz Bertin, 3-Frantz Gilles, 15-Ednerson Raymond, 13-Pierre-Richard Bruny; 7-Brunel Fucien, 12-James Marcelin, 19-Vaniel Sirin (8-Judelin Aveska, 50); 11-Fabrice Noel (10-Robin Jerome, 79), 20-Jean-Marc Alexandre (16-Markorel Sampeur, 61), 9-Leonel Saint-Preux
Subs not used: 1-Peterson Ocennat, 4-Paulin Jean, 5-Lesly Fellinga, 14-Mones Chery
Head Coach: Jairo Rios
June 6, 2009 – Soldier Field, Chicago – FIFA World Cup qualifier, MatchDay 4
Honduras 1 Carlos Costly 5
USA 2 Landon Donovan 43 (PK), Carlos Bocanegra 68
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 12-Jonathan Spector, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (14-Jay DeMerit, 71), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 8-Clint Dempsey, 2 -Ricardo Clark, 4-Pablo Mastroeni (9-Benny Feilhaber, 46), 10-Landon Donovan; 11-Conor Casey (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 75), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 6-Marvell Wynne, 15-Charlie Davies, 16-Sacha Kljestan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
HON: 18-Noel Valladares; 14-Mauricio Sabillon, 2-Osman Chavez, 6-Mario Beata, 3-Maynor Figueroa; 13-Carlos Costly, 7-Amado Guevara (capt.), 4-Hendry Thomas, 10-Ramon Nunez (15-Walter Martinez, 79); 9-Carlos Pavon (16-Georgie Welcome, 67), 8-Wilson Palacios (17-Danilo Turcios, 66)
Subs not used: 1-Junior Morales, 5-Erick Norales, 11-Allan Lalin, 12-Emilio Izaguirre
Head Coach: Reynaldo Rueda
Against Honduras in the CONCACAF Gold Cup
July 21, 2005 – Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.– 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal
USA 2 John O’Brien, Oguchi Onyewu
Honduras 1 Ivan Guerrero
USA: 18-Kasey Keller (Capt.); 4-Oguchi Onyewu, 23-Eddie Pope (2-Frankie Hejduk, 15), 12-Jimmy Conrad; 14-Chris Armas, 25-Pablo Mastroeni (8-Clint Dempsey, 58), 5-John O’Brien, 10-Landon Donovan; 19-Steve Ralston, 16-Josh Wolff (13-Pat Noonan, 63), 7-DaMarcus Beasley
Head Coach: Bruce Arena
HON: 1-Victor Coello (22-Junior Morales, 51+), 4-Samuel Caballeros, 21-Erick Vallecilo, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 2-Asthor Enriquez (24-Luis Guifarro, 89); 14-Oscar Garcia, 13-Mario Berrios, 19-Danilo Turcios (8-Wilson Palacios, 75), 23-Ivan Guerrero; 10-Wilmer Velazquez (capt.), 11-Milton Nuñez
Head Coach: José de la Paz Herrera