Chivas USA winger Marvin Chavez was not named to the final roster for the Honduras national team as the side kicks off on Wednesday in the Copa Centroamericana.
This news is somewhat surprising as he was a member of the squad selected for the World Cup this summer and he was named to the provisional roster for the Copa Centroamericana. Newly appointed manager Hernan Medford raised a few eyebrows with his selection for the tournament, as 17 of the 24 players named to the squad have less than 10 international caps for Honduras. The Costa Rican manager left many of the bigger names from the World Cup off the roster for the 7 team tournament including Wilson Palacios (Stoke City), Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic), and Carlo Costly, the lone goal scorer from the World Cup side, in addition to Chavez.
Medford will understandably be focused on preparing for the next World Cup cycle and Chavez at 30 years old is certainly no spring chicken in the coach's eyes as he focuses on the next four years. Medford decided to hand out some valuable experience to players from the domestic Honduran league selecting all but four of his players from the league. The lone MLS representative on the squad is Vancouver Whitecaps center back Johnny Leveron.
The completed rosters of all seven Central American squads can be found here, and games will be taking place in Los Angeles on September 17th as the Memorial Coliseum will be hosting the final as part of a tripleheader of the international tournament. Definitely a great opportunity to check out international level talent in competitive fixtures in a local LA setting!
Yes you heard it right these games actually do count for something (as opposed to the ever-present friendly match) as the top four sides will qualify for the 2015 Gold Cup and the fifth-place finisher will face off in a two-legged playoff against the fifth-place side from the upcoming 2014 Caribbean Cup. Also the winner will clinch a spot to the highly anticipated 2016 Copa America Centenario which will take place on US soil.
Now what does this mean for Chivas USA? Well while it is always disappointing to see CUSA players not get the chance to represent their nation on the international stage, Chavez being left off the roster has to be viewed as a positive for the short term. Believe it or not, "El hijo de viento" remains CUSA's 2nd leading scorer with just two goals (depressing we know) this season in only seven appearances. All hands on deck will be needed to end Chivas USA's current, how do you say, unique scoring slump, especially since Cubo Torres won't be available due to his Mexico national team call-up and red card suspension. Let's hope Chavez can get back in the CUSA side and hit the ground running!
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