Amado Guevara is joined by fellow prominent Honduran internationals Iván Guerrero, Emilio Izaguirre, Sergio Mendoza, and Georgie Welcome in tonight’s CONCACAF preliminary round game. Those stars are joined by a series of young players that have helped Motagua move beyond their disappointing eighth place finish in last year’s Clausura. Also playing are the likes of 19-year-old midfielder Ronald Martínez and 20-year-old defender Esdra Padilla, leading a group of prospects that have help Motagua regain their place along side Olimpia and Marathón – Honduras’s elite.
Toronto has rebounded from a slow start to the Major League Soccer season to sit third in the Eastern Conference, but the team’s terrible road record hints at problems in next week’s second leg in Honduras. Toronto may be an underdog in the tie going into tonight’s first leg, but if Preki can not engineer a result at BMO, TFC has little hope of avoiding a replication of last year’s result.