Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza, in action during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was called into the Honduras squad for World Cup qualifying. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

Five Major League Soccer players, including three from the Houston Dynamo, have been chose to the Honduras 26-player roster for its next two World Cup qualifiers this month.

The quintet includes defender Maynor Figueroa (FC Dallas), midfielders Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston) and Romell Quioto (Houston) and forward Alberth Elis (Houston).

Los Catrachos will visit the United States in San Jose, Calif. March 24 and host Costa Rica March 28.

The Hondurans (1-1-0, 3 points) are fourth place in the CONCACAF hexagonal for the 2018 World Cup.


Goalkeepers: Ricardo Canales (Vida), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana)

Defenders: Ever Alvarado (Olimpia), Brayan Beckeles (Necaxa/Mexico), Felix Crsianto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (FC Dallas), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/Scotland), Cesar Oseguera(Real EspaƱa), Allans Vargas (Real Espana)

Midfielders: Brayan Acosta (Real Espana), Erick Andino (Motagua), Jorge Claros (Real Espana), Carlos Discua (Motagua), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Mario Martinez (ENPPI/Egypt), Oliver Morazan (Juticalpa FC), Andy Najar (Anderlecht, Belgium), Romell Quioto (Houston Dynamo)

Forward: Rubilio Castillo (Motagua), Michael Chirinos (Olimpia), Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Hernandez (Tolima/Colombia), Antony Lozano (Tenerife/Spain)

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at