Honduras head coach Jorge Luis Pinto has named a 25-man squad for his team’s intercontinental winner-takes-all playoff against Caltex Socceroos for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Houston Dynamo forwards Romell Quioto (6 goals) and Alberth Elis (4 goals) - Honduras’ two top scorers during their CONCACAF qualifying campaign- are both named.
GOALKEEPERS: Ricardo Canales (Vida), Donis Escober (Olimpia)
DEFENDERS: Ever Alvarado (Olimpia), Bryan Beckeles (Necaxa/Mexico), Felix Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (FC Dallas/USA), Emilio Izaguirre (Al-Fayha/Saudi Arabia), Johnny Palacios (Olimpia), Carlos Sanchez (Honduras Progreso), Allans Vargas (Real España)
MIDFIELDERS: Bryan Acosta (Tenerife, Spain), Michael Chirinos (Olimpia), Jorge Claros (Real España), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo/USA), Alexander Lopez (Olimpia), Mario Martinez (Real España) Alfredo Mejia (Xanthi/Greece), Oliver Morazan (Juticalpa FC), Sergio Peña (Real Sociedad)
FORWARDS: Carlo Costly (Olimpia), Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo/USA), Ovidio Lanza (Juticalpa FC), Antony Lozano (Barcelona B/Spain), Romell Quioto (Houston Dynamo/USA)
Los Catrachos, who finished fourth in the CONCACAF Hexagonal with 13 points, will host the first leg on November 10 in San Pedro Sula (Nov 11 AEDT) and then travel to Sydney for the second leg five days later.
Australia named a 30-man squad earlier this week.
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