SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Earthquakes players Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez have been called to Honduran national team duty ahead of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Jamaica.
Honduras is third in the group with two games remaining and can secure their passage with a win and a draw. They’ll first face Costa Rica at home on Friday, Oct. 11 followed by a road trip to take on winless Jamaica on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Bernardez, 31, has 66 career caps with Los Catrachos. The 2012 MLS Best XI selection has been a mainstay on the back line for his home country during the qualification process. He has started seven of Honduras’ eight matches in the hexagonal and featured in each of their six matches during the third round of qualifying. Bernardez anchors an Earthquakes back line that has recorded seven shutouts in 2013, including three in the month of September. He has one goal and one assist in 23 appearances for the Earthquakes this season.
Chavez, 29, has 38 career caps for his country. The La Ceiba native last suited up for Los Catrachos as a substitute in their 2-1 win against Mexico on Sept. 6. He was also a key component of their 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad, appearing in four of five matches and scoring a goal in a 2-0 win against Haiti on July 8 at Red Bull Arena. Chavez has appeared in three games off the bench for Honduras during hexagonal play. Chavez has one goal and one assist in 15 appearances for San Jose in 2013.
The duo departed for camp on Monday, Sept. 30 and will miss the club’s match against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
GOALKEEPERS: Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernandez (Real Spain).
DEFENDERS: Maynor Figueroa (Hull City), Osman Chavez (Wilsa Krakow), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic Glasgow), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan Athletic), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua), Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Jhonny Leveron (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and Arnold Peralta (Rangers).
MIDFIELDERS: Jorge Claros (Motagua), Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes), Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Wilson Palacios (Stoke City), Edgard Alvarez (Platense), Andy Najar (Anderlecht).
FORWARDS: Anthony Lozano (Olimpia), Rony Martínez (Real Sociedad), Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution) Carlo Costly (Guizhou Zhicheng) and Jerry Palacios (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense).