Two Chivas USA teammates could face off on the international stage in Chiapas on Thursday, as Mexico host Honduras in a friendly (6 pm PT, ESPN2/Univision Deportes). Star forward Erick Torres could feature for El Tri, while veteran winger Marvin Chavez could play in his recall to Los Catrachos' set-up.
Young Goats' striker Torres has received his second call-up by Mexican coach Miguel Herrera, and could get his second cap, after a promising debut last month against Bolivia. Although he is likely to get a look, he does have to compete with another former Chivas de Guadalajara striker, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, along with World Cup veteran and Olympic gold medalist Oribe Peralta to get playing time. On the other hand, Cubo drew better reviews than Javier "Chuletita" Orozco in the Bolivia match, and will see another contender in debutant Arturo Gonzalez among the forward corps.
Will Cubo see at least some time? It seems likely, though Herrera may opt to rotate the group through the two friendlies in the next week to give everybody a look. Obviously, if he can manage to score, that will help his options moving forward.
Meanwhile, Honduras have a pair of tough CONCACAF friendlies lined up with this one against Mexico in Mexico, followed by the US in the US next week. New coach Hernan Medford has called the World Cup veteran Chavez back into the team after leaving him out of the Copa Centroamericana team last month, a tournament in which Honduras finished a disappointing fifth.
Since this will be Chavez's first experience with the new coach, who knows if he will see playing time and how much, though one figures if he's in the squad, he'll likely see at least some time vs. Mexico.
Overall, Mexico are hoping to get a measure of revenge over Honduras in the game, after losing to the Central Americans at the Azteca in World Cup qualifying. In a new setting, in Tuxtla Gutierrez, can the visitors grab another result against their CONCACAF rivals? We'll find out this evening.
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