With the Copa Centroamericana coming to the United States for the first time in its history, attention on the tournament will likely be bigger in the states than it has ever been. Starting September 3, CONCACAF released the full roster of provisional squads in the tournament on Tuesday, and there was a bit of Chivas USA influence in the mix.
Chivas USA midfielder Marvin Chavez was called into the provisional squad for Honduras for the tournament by new Catrachos coach Hernan Medford (who was once a rumored CUSA coaching target). The current 30-man roster (teams could select up to 50 players on their provisional rosters) must be cut to 23 by September 1.
Chavez is of course coming off a summer spent with the Honduran national team as they participated in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they lost all three games in group play. While he came off the bench in two games in that tournament, the fact that Medford has called him into the Copa Centroamericana, when only some of the World Cup veterans were likewise selected, means he could be in line to participate in the upcoming Central American championship, and provide a leadership role on the team. But we'll have to wait and see on that count, of course.
Honduras are three-time champs of the Copa Centroamericana, last winning it in 2011. They finished in 2nd place in the last tournament, in 2013.
Meanwhile, a former Chivas USA player, defender Michael Umana, was selected to Costa Rica's provisional roster. Los Ticos are also under a new coach, with Paulo Wanchope expected to take the reins following Jorge Luis Pinto's acrimonious departure following a very successful World Cup, and with the full 50 selected to the provisional squad, it will be interesting to see if Umana makes the cut.
The final matchday, a tripleheader including the tournament final, will be held at the LA Coliseum on September 13.
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