New England Revolution striker Jerry Bengtson received a call-up to the Honduras National Team for their upcoming CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico and Panama. His international obligations will force him to miss the Revs' home opener against Sporting Kansas City on March 23rd. This should come as a surprise to exactly no one.
"Me siento muy feliz, cada vez que me llaman a la selección, una convocatoria, creo que es algo lindo," Bengtson dijo. "Emocionado por estar ahí con mis compañeros. Creo que es una emoción grande que cada jugador que lo llaman a la selección siente, es algo muy lindo".
(Translation: "I am very happy every time I am called up. It's very nice," Bengtson said. "I'm thrilled to be there with my teammates. I think it's a big thrill to every player who is called up, it's very nice.")
Jerry will ship out on Sunday, March 17th, the day after New England's match against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. He is expected to return to Foxboro on Thursday, March 28th. Los Catrachos will play Mexico in San Pedro Sula on the 22nd before heading to Panama City to face Panama on March 26th.
While expected, this still puts the Revs in a tough spot for their home opener, and maybe even for the following week's game if Bengtson is injured or fatigued. With Saer Sene on the mend, the starting spot at striker is going to be pretty up in the air, with Chad Barrett, Dimitry Imbongo, Diego Fagundez, and Matt Horth all vying for the honors. None of them offer the same sort of lethality in front of goal that a Bengtson or Sene would provide.