Star David Suazo, rumored to be headed to Inter Milan from Cagliari, is injured and unavailable for the Gold Cup. Julio Cesar "Rambo" Leon, another Italian-based player, will miss the Bicolor's first two games against Panama and Mexico because of Genoa's Serie B promotion playoff against Napoli on Sunday.
Chicago Fire midfielder Ivan Guerrero was injured in the Catrachos' game against Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday, but he hopes to be ready for Sunday's game against Mexico. Carlos Pavon, also injured in the T&T game, is uncertain for Friday's opener against Panama.
GOLD CUP RECORD:
Record: 9 wins, 9 losses, 4 ties
Goalkeepers: Donaldo Morales (Motagua), Adalid Puerto (Platense), Orlin Vallecillo (Real Espana);
Defenders: Edgar Alvarez (Messina/ITA), Oscar Bonieck Garcia (Olimpia), Jorge Samuel Caballeros (Changchun Yatai/CHN), Maynor Figueroa (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Motagua), Erick Vallecilo (Real Espana);
Midfielders: Jorge Aaron Claros (Motagua), Ivan Guerrero (Chicago Fire/USA), Amado Guevara (Chivas USA/USA), Julio Cesar Leon (Genoa/ITA), Emil Martinez (Marathon), Sergio Mendoza (Olimpia), Wilson Palacios (Olimpia), Mario Rodriguez (Real Espana);
Forwards: Carlos Costly (GKS Belchatow/POL), Jairo Martinez (Motagua), Walter Martinez (Shanghai Shenhua/CHN), Carlos Oliva (Marathon), Carlos Pavon (Real Espana), Luis Santamaria (Marathon).
Coach: Reinaldo RUEDA.