Veteran midfielder Marvin Chavez will be busy and will be racking up plenty of air miles the next week or so, as he has been called up to Honduras' National Team during the upcoming international window, for a pair of friendlies in East Asia.
The tougher of the two games comes first, when Los Catrachos head to Japan to take on the home side at Toyota Stadium in the wee hours of Friday morning (2:35 am PT, to be exact). Both Honduras and Japan had disappointing 2014 World Cup tournaments, with neither side emerging from the group stage. With this game coming on Japanese soil, it will surely be a big test for the Hondurans.
Then, they will venture to Guangzhou, China to take on the Chinese National Team next Tuesday, with the time of that match still undetermined (though it will also be in the middle of the night over here, almost certainly). China has not made a World Cup since 2002, and have struggled in the AFC Asian Cup as well, but they are coming off a 2nd place showing in last year's East Asian Cup and the game will be played in the home stadium of the most successful club team in Chinese history, Guangzhou Evergrande, which won the AFC Champions League last year.
So it should be an interesting experience and a solid litmus test for Chavez and company, currently in a transition phase under new coach Hernan Medford ahead of their playoff series with a currently-unknown Caribbean team to get into next summer's Gold Cup. In the meantime, best of luck to los catrachos on their Asian tour!
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