TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Playing at the World Cup for only the third time, teamwork and organization will be key for Honduras.
Just qualifying for the tournament in Brazil was a massive achievement, but now the focus is on finally winning a match on football's biggest stage.
Here are five players to watch:
Carlo Costly is a tall striker who has been unable to find consistency in his club career.
He has played in Poland, England, Romania, Mexico, the United States, Greece and China, but returned to Honduras with Real Espana early in 2014.
Despite the globe-trotting, Costly has remained a central focus of the Honduran national team since debuting in 2007, although he missed out on the last World Cup because of injury.
Costly uses his physical strength and aerial prowess to cause problems for defenders. He holds the ball up for his teammates and is an awkward player to mark.
The former Birmingham player scored a famous goal for Honduras in World Cup qualifying, netting a second-half winner at Estadio Azteca to seal victory over Mexico.
Jerry Bengtson is Honduras' other tall, powerful striker.
The Costly-Bengtson partnership has the ability to cause problems for group rivals Ecuador, France and Switzerland at the World Cup.
The New England Revolution player scored nine goals in 12 games in CONCACAF qualifying and is known for his all-around ability to both play with his back to goal and create opportunities for himself.
Bengtson made a name for himself outside of the Americas at the 2012 Olympics, scoring the goal that defeated Spain 1-0 to knock the European nation out of the tournament.
Left back Emilio Izaguirre plays for Scottish champion Celtic and is one of the only Honduras players — along with Wilson Palacios and Andy Najar — with experience playing in the Champions League.