According to Honduran publication Diez, forward Jerry Bengtson has left the national team in a spat over being benched for Los Catrachos' last game against Jamaica. Bengtson's complaints and attitude reportedly irked his teammates as well as manager Luis Fernando Suarez, who opted to start Roger Rojas in his place. Rojas wound up scoring the second goal in the 2-0 victory that put Honduras into fourth place in the CONCACAF hexgaonal.
While Honduras traveled to San Jose, Calif., to train ahead of Tuesday's game against the Americans at Rio Tinto Stadium, in Sandy, Utah, Bengtson reportedly flew back to the Boston area to link back up with his club, the New England Revolution.
Bengtson, whose seven goals lead Honduras in World Cup qualifying, is just the latest key player to not be available for Suarez. His two top-choice center backs, Victor Bernardez (suspension) and Maynor Figueroa (injury), are set to miss out, while midfielder Luis Garrido is also suspended and winger Oscar Boniek Garcia is reportedly a doubt with an injury of his own. All five players started in Honduras' 2-1 win over the USA in San Pedro Sula to open the hexgonal, with Garcia feeding Bengtson for the game-winning goal on Feb. 6.