Roger Espinoza is part of Luis Fernando Suarez’s 23-man Honduras squad for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer and could feature against England in this weekend’s final warm-up match in Miami.
Before he left to join up with his country, Roger took some time to explain who could be the key players for Honduras this summer and gave us some insight to their talents.
Najar plays his club football with RSC Anderlecht and in his first full season the 21-year-old helped the Belgian side to the 2013-14 Jupiler League title, scoring three goals in 26 appearances.
Similarly to Roger with Sporting Kansas City, Najar began his professional career in the MLS with DC United, having moved from Honduras to the USA at a young age.
On the international scene the winger has 17 caps for Honduras and scored one goal, he also represented ‘Los Catrachos’ in the 2012 Olympics alongside Espinoza.
Roger on Andy Najar:
“Andy is one of the most skilful players in our squad, he uses his size to his advantage and his movement on the ball is what defenders struggle with.
“He plays out wide a lot and he has a similar approach to Callum McManaman in that he isn’t afraid to run at defenders and try to beat them with an extra turn of pace.
“Andy can really help us to create chances and he’s definitely one for the future of our country.”
Garrido is one of 10 Honduras based players in the national squad and so far boasts 18 caps for his country.
Playing his club football for Olimpia (famous for producing talents such as Maynor Figueroa, Wilson Palacios and Hendry Thomas), Garrido has won five national titles.
The combative midfielder has also tested himself in Europe much like many of his international team mates, spending part of 2013 on loan with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.
Roger on Luis Garrido:
“Luis is a very key players in our midfield and his work rate is incredible, he won’t stop running all game and every team needs a player like that.
“Technically he’s also very effective and if I had to liken him to any Latics player it would be James McArthur.
“Luis still plays his football in Honduras so a lot of people might not have heard about him, but for me he is one to keep an eye on.”
One time Birmingham City loanee Costly has an incredible scoring record for Honduras with 31 goals in 69 caps, including two hat tricks and five braces.
Son of former Malaga defender Anthony Costly, the 31-year-old has played in a number of leagues across Europe, including stints in Poland, Romania and Greece, as well as acquiring experience from Mexico, USA, China and his native Honduras.
Costly was on the score sheet alongside Roger in Honduras’ recent 4-2 friendly defeat against Israel, with Espinoza assisting the goal his late goal.
Roger on Carlo Costly:
“He is a match winner with an undoubted goal scoring record for Honduras and a crucial member of our squad.
“Some people might know a bit about him because he played in England for a short time, but he could catch our opponents off guard.
“Carlo is a big, strong guy with lots of experience across different leagues and he can be a real handful for defences.
“He missed out on the last World Cup with injury which was a real shame and hopefully this time round he’ll make his impact.”
OSCAR BONIEK GARCIA
‘Boniek’ is a 29-year-old midfielder currently playing in the MLS for Houston Dynamo, having signed in June 2012 from Olimpia.
Like Costly, Garcia missed out on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but he boasts a tremendous amount of international experience, with 91 caps.
Garcia played alongside former Latics players Maynor Figueroa, Hendry Thomas and Wilson Palacios during his time at Olimpia.
Roger on Oscar Boniek Garcia:
“Boniek is smart. He’s a very clever player and his technical ability is his main strength.
“In terms of creating chances he’s very similar to Jordi Gomez, he can see things other players don’t see and that’s very useful in tournament football.
“He’ll be exciting for fans to watch in the World Cup, he could also be a match winner for us.”