World Cup 2014 Preview: Honduras eyeing first World Cup win

 

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This time, head coach Luis Fernando Suarez didn't make the soccer-mad country wait too long as he guided his side to third place in CONCACAF qualifying, ensuring a return in Brazil this summer.

Honduras received a fairly favorable draw in being placed in Group E along with France, Ecuador and Switzerland.

And while the team won't be expected to advance to the second round, the draw should offer Honduras a chance at collecting its first World Cup win.

In its maiden voyage in 1982, Honduras did well to earn two points from its three games, but wasn't as fortunate in 2010, collecting just one point and failing to score a goal in a tough group with Spain, Chile and Switzerland.

This time around, Honduras will face a tough opening match against group- favorites France, while Ecuador and the Swiss should at least give Suarez and his side an opportunity at three points.

The game with Ecuador is especially intriguing considering Suarez led Ecuador to the round of 16 at the 2006 World Cup.

In order for Honduras to have any success this summer the team must find a way to score goals, a task that will fall to forwards Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengtson.

After being held without a goal at the last World Cup, that duo will need to be a threat for Honduras to have any chance. Additional help in the offensive third should also be provided by Roger Espinoza and Boniek Garcia, with left back Emilio Izaguirre giving support with his ability to get forward and deliver crosses.

Defensively, Honduras did well four years ago in yielding just three goals, and that area once again figures to be a strength with Victor Bernardez and Maynor Figueroa leading a tough back line.

Honduras may not give up many goals this summer either, yet ultimately it will come down to how many the team can score.

Another meager offensive output will see Honduras head home after three games, and likely without its first win.

If Costly and Bengtson are able to have some success, three points may not be beyond reach. But anything more than that would be very ambitious.

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