[GOLD CUP: Group B]Honduras is the only Hexagonal representative in Group B at the Gold Cup that also includes El Salvador, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago, three teams loaded with players with U.S. ties.
Honduras features half the team that played in the recent World Cup 2014 qualifier against the USA, including MLS veteran Marvin Chavez, currently with the San Jose Earthquakes, Mario Martinez, who has spent the last year with the Seattle Sounders, and former MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar, now at Anderlecht.
Given their recent troubles in the Hexagonal -- shutout losses in all three road games -- and with a key match at Mexico in their next qualifier on tap, the pressure will be on the Catrachos' Honduran coach,Luis Suarez, and his team at the Gold Cup.
El Salvador has a heavy American accent to its squad with five players born and raised in the United States: Derby Carrillo, Steven Purdy, Gerson Mayen, Richard Menjivar and former U.S. U-17 Dustin Corea.
Haiti is coming off two very respectable performances in recent matches against Spain (2-1 loss in Florida) and Italy (2-2 tie with goals in the last five minutes in Rio de Janeiro).
Jean Phillipe Peguero, who had a short but memorable stay in MLS with Colorado and New York, had the tying goal against the Italians.
Trinidad & Tobago is in the early stages of a rebuilding campaign after failing to qualify for the 2009 and 2011 Gold Cups and final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Kenwyne Jones of Stoke City, Carlos Edwards of Ipswich Town and ex-MLS players Cornell Glenn and Chris Birchall are holdovers from the Soca Warriors' 2006 World Cup team.
Gold Cup B Schedule:
July 8 in Harrison, N.J.
El Salvador vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 7 p.m. ET
Haiti vs. Honduras, 9:30 p.m. ET
July 12 in Miami, Fla.
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Haiti, 7 p.m.
Honduras vs. El Salvador, 9:30 p.m.
July 15 in Houston
El Salvador vs. Haiti, 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET)
Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 8:30 p.m. CT (9:30 p.m. ET)
El Salvador Roster:
Goalkeepers:22-Derby Carrillo (Santa Tecla), 1-Dagoberto Portillo (Luis Angel Firpo), 18-Benji Villalobos (Aguila).
Defenders:2-Moises Xavier Garcia (Luis Angel Firpo), 5-Jose Granadino (FAS), 4-Steven Purdy (Chivas USA), 3-Victor Turcios (ROPS, FIN).
Midfielders: 16-Jaime Alas (Rosenborg, NOR), 15-Darwin Bonilla (Aguila), 7-Darwin Ceren (Juventud Independiente), 12-Andres Flores (Isidro Metapan), 20-Josue Flores (Alianza), 13-Alexander Larin (FAS), 19-Gerson Mayen (FAS), 6-Richard Menjivar (Atlanta Silverbacks), 21-Nestor Renderos (FAS), 8-Osael Romero (Alianza), 10-Kevin Santamaria (Santa Tecla).
Forwards:17-Mark Blanco (Marathon, HON), 9-Rafael Burgos (Kecskemeti, HUN), 14-Dustin Corea (Skive IK, DEN), 23-Jose Gutierrez (Motagua, HON), 11-Rodolfo Zelaya (Alianza).
Goalkeepers:14-Jean Julien Jospy (AS Cavaly), 1-Frandy Montrevil (Valencia).
Defenders:22-Ricardo Ade (Baltimore), 8-Judelin Aveska (Inde. Rivadavia, ARG), 21-Wilde-Donald Guerrier (America Des Cayes), 19-Kim Jaggy (FC Wil, SUI), 3-Mechack Jerome (Sporting Kansas City), 6-Kevin La France (Banik Most, CZE), 7-Jeff Louis (Nancy, FRA), 5-Jean Jacques Pierre (Caen, FRA).
Midfielders:2-Jean Alcenat (FC Petrolul Ploiesti, ROM), 16-Jean Alexandre (Orlando City), 4-Herold Charles (Tempete), 13-Junior Monuma Constant (Racing Club Haitien), 23-Pascal Millien (Sligo Rovers, IRE), 12-Joseph Peterson (Sporting KC), 15-Yves Hadley Desmarets (Belenenses, POR).
Forwards:9-Kervens Belfort (Le Mans, FRA), 11-Jean-Eudes Maurice (Paris SG, FRA), 10-Jean Phillipe Peguero (Don Bosco), 18-Leonel Saint Preux (Felda United, MAS).
Goalkeepers:22-Donis Escober (Olimpia), 18-Kevin Hernandez (Real Espana), 1-Jose Alberto Mendoza (Marathon).
Defenders: 3-Brayan Antonio Beckeles (Olimpia), 2-Osman Chavez (Wisla Krakow, POL), 6-Juan Carlos Garcia (Olimpia), 4-Johnny Palacios (Olimpia), 12-Orlin Peralta (Motagua), 5-Jose Velasquez (Victoria), 8-Gerson Rodas (Real Espana).
Midfielders:15-Mario Berrios (Marathon), 17-Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes), 20-Jorge Claros (Hibernian, SCO), Mario Berrios (Marathon), 10-Luis Garrido (Olimpia), 16-Alexander Lopez (Olimpia), 23-Eder Delgao (Real Espana), 14-Andy Najar (Anderlecht, BEL).
Forwards:11-Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad), 10-Mario Martinez (Seattle Sounders), 9-Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense, CRC), 7-Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad), 21-Roger Rojas (Olimpia).
Trinidad & Tobago Roster:
Goalkeepers:22-Cleon John (North East Stars), 1-Marvin Phillip (Central FC), 21-Jan-Michael Williams (St. Ann’s Rangers).
Defenders:32-Radanfah Abu Bakr (FC Vostok, KAZ), 6-Daniel Cyrus (Western Connection), 25-Aubrey David (Caledonia AIA), 26-Curtis Gonzalez (Defense Force), 17-Justin Hoyte (Middlesbrough, ENG), 3-Joevin Jones (Western Connection), 5-Carlyle Mitchell (FC Edmonton), 20-Seon Power (Chainat, THA).
Midfielders: 7-Chris Birchall (Port Vale, ENG), 14-Andre Bouchaud (Notts County, ENG), 16-Kevon Carter (Defense Force), 19-Keon Daniel (Philadelphia Union), 11-Carlos Edwards (Ipswich Town, ENG), 8-Khaleem Hyland (KRC Genk, BEL), 10-Kevin Molino (Orlando City, USA), 18-Denzil Theobald (Defense Force).
Forwards:23-Jamal Gay (Caledonia AIA), 13-Cornell Glenn (Shillong Lajong, IND), 9-Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City, ENG), 12-Darryl Roberts (Samsunspor, TUR).