Juan Carlos Osorio answers Honduras' call

Former Major League Soccer coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who turned down an offer from Chivas USA so he could guide Colombian champ Once Caldas in Copa Libertadores, on Wednesday was appointed head coach of Honduras' national team.

Mexican coach Juan de Dios Castillo resigned a little more than a week after leading the Hondurans to the Copa Centroamericana title and an expected berth in the June 5-25 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Osorio, who formerly was coach of the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls and was pursued by Chivas after guiding Once Caldas to Colombia's Clausura title in December, said earlier this week that he had an agreement to take charge of the Catrachos when de Dios Castillo left the post, but such a move wasn't expected until after the Gold Cup at the earliest.

“We decided the right person to lead the national team process, which we hope concludes in Brazil [at the World Cup finals] in 2014, is professor Juan Carlos Osorio,” said Fenafuth official Rafael Ferrari told the Honduran media.

Osorio, who attended college and began his coaching career in the U.S., will debut Feb. 9 in La Ceiba, Honduras, against Ecuador, which is led by Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda, who was in charge of Honduras at last year's World Cup in South Africa.