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Leveron called up to Honduras for international friendly vs. El Salvador

NOTE - Match was cancelled on August 6, as a result Johnny Leveron will no longer leave for Honduras on August 12.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that centre back Johnny Leveron has been called up by Honduras for their international friendly against El Salvador August 14 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

The native of Yoro, Honduras, has made 22 international appearances for his country and scored three goals since making his debut in 2010.

Honduras will use the upcoming friendly as preparation for the fourth and final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, otherwise known as “The Hex,” which begins next month. The top three teams will qualify directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth-placed side will play a home-and-home series with New Zealand to determine the final entrant. Honduras currently trails third-place Mexico by just one point.

Leveron will join the Honduran national squad on August 12 and return on August 15, meaning he will be eligible for selection in Vancouver’s match against Colorado Rapids later in the week.

The 23-year-old defender has started all 13 of his appearances with Whitecaps FC in his first season in MLS. He was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 22 after a rock-solid performance against Philadelphia Union with the ‘Caps playing down a man for most of the match.