This game originally was supposed to be played on Thursday at Sun Life and matching Boca Juniors vs. America de Cali, two South American club teams two and a half weeks after European club teams AC Milan and Chelsea played.
But upon the game being changed to Wednesday, America de Cali pulled out two weeks ago. Boca Juniors let organizers know the team would still be willing to come to Miami, where they’re launching a new U.S. marketing initiative with Nike, if another team could be found.
Which is how Honduras wound up in Miami Gardens on Wednesday night, ironically, on the field for warm-ups before Boca Juniors had arrived at the stadium from Miami Beach’s Eden Roc hotel. The game, scheduled for 7 p.m., began just after 7:30.
Next for Honduras
Honduras next faces Cuba in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match on Sept. 14. Boca Juniors plays at home against All Boys Saturday in the third round of the TourneoInicial (Initial Tournament).
The starting lineup for Boca Juniors: Goalkeeper Sebastian D’Angelo; Alan Aguirre; Cristian Cellay; Quillermo Burdisso; Fernando Evangelista; Diego Rivero; Cristian Erbey; Guillermo Fernandez; Nicolas Colazo; Leandro Paredes; and Nicolas Blandi.
The starters for Honduras: Goalkeeper Noel Valladares; Wilson Pallacios; Osman Chavez; Edgar Delgado; Maynor Figueroa; Mauricio Sabillion; Victor Bernaredez; Mario Martinez; Georgie Welcome; Oscar Boniek Garcia; and Jerry Bengtson.
Fans get welcomed
At least the fans had fans.
At each parking gate entrance, a pair of ladies in miniskirts tried to give each car the kind of hand fans usually seen whipping back and forth on steamy Sundays in church. The fans promoted BeIN Sports, a new soccer network.