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U.S. products picked by Honduras
May 11th, 2010 12:47AM

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[WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN] Roger Espinoza and Ramon Nunez, the sons of Honduran immigrants who grew up in the U.S. youth system and played college soccer before turning pro, were among the 23 players named to the Honduran World Cup team's roster.

Espinoza attended high school in the Denver area and played at Yavapai College and Ohio State before signing with the Kansas City Wizards.

Nunez, who grew up in the Dallas area, was a star in the U.S. youth system but lacked a U.S. passport to represent the national team. After spending a season at SMU, he turned pro and played for Dallas and Chivas USA before moving abroad. He's since played for clubs in Mexico and Honduras.

Forward Carlo Costly, whose father played for Honduras at the 1982 World Cup, was a late casualty, losing his spot after fractured his right foot in a Romanian league match on Thursday.

Georgie Welcome replace Costly, who had scored for the Catrachos against the USA in their qualifying match in Nashville last year.

The Catrachos leave Friday for a training camp in Germany.

Honduras Roster:
Goalkeepers: Ricardo Canales (Motagua), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Noel Valladares (Olimpia)
Defenders: Victor Bernardez (Anderlecht, Belgium), Osman Chavez (Platense, Argentina), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan, England), Oscar Garcia (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Motagua), Sergio Mendoza (Motagua), Johnny Palacios (Olimpia), Mauricio Sabillon (Hangzhou Lucheng, China)
Midfielders: Edgard Alvarez (Bari, Italy), Julio Cesar de Leon (Torino, Italy), Roger Espinoza (Kansas City Wizards), Amado Guevara (Motagua), Ramon Nunez (Olimpia), Wilson Palacios (Tottenham, England), Hendry Thomas (Wigan, England), Danilo Turcios (Olimpia)
Forwards: Walter Martinez (Marathon), Carlos Pavon (Real Espana), David Suazo (Genoa, Italy), Georgie Welcome (Motagua)



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  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: May 11, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.
    Oh-oh! Here we go again! The US lets go or doesn't even give US products Espinoza and Nunez a look and now have been selected to play for their parents home country! When will the so called US national team coaches learn? As for no US passport for Nunez "a star in the US youth system..." no less! US Soccer could've helped the process as it has done for other players, yet these guys were ignored. Good luck to Espinoza and Nunez, at least your talents are recognized elsewhere, sadly not here in the US!


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