If you haven't heard already the Houston Dynamo will be without two of its Honduran stars in the upcoming weeks. Darrell Lovell reported:
Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido have been called in by Honduras to face Mexico, 10/10, and the US 10/14. Will miss 10/12 gm vs DCU— Darrell Lovell (@DarrellLovell) September 30, 2014
After two tough games on the road in New York and then Toronto, the Dynamo will come home to face D.C. United and will need to make up any ground they didn't cover on the road. Boniek Garcia recently returned from concussion symptoms and put in a man of the match performance against the Chicago Fire while Luis Garrido has consistently been one of the better players on the field since his arrival to the Dynamo.
The absence of these players opens the door to another Honduran, Alex Lopez, who could see time paired with Ricardo Clark in central midfield. Another option would be allowing Brad Davis to play centrally with Andrew Driver on the left. Boniek's spot on the right has been a lot harder to fill. Driver has struggled playing on the right, and Brian Ownby has not put in consistent performances at the position. However, one option we could see is Omar Cummings playing right mid, a position he played earlier this year, if Will Bruin is healthy enough to start up top with Giles Barnes.
What are your thoughts on the impact of these call ups? Who will replace these pivotal players? Let us know in the comments!
The two midfielders are now expected to make their way to the Honduran National team camp this Sunday meaning they'll miss not only the game against D.C. United, but also our midweek clash against Toronto FC.
Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido are slated to leave for Honduras camp Sunday meaning they are slated to miss gms v TFC & DC.— Darrell Lovell (@DarrellLovell) October 2, 2014
As each game increases in importance as the door to the playoffs begins to close, our need for these players is very great. It will be up to those players filling in to step up and help the Dynamo get needed points. The return of Will Bruin could help fill some of the gaps that Boniek and Garrido are leaving. Will it be enough?