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Osorio reverses on Honduras

2/7/2011

Former Major League Soccer head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has changed his mind about managing Honduras' national team.

Two days after accepting the assignment, the Colombian manager reversed course and will remain in charge at Once Caldas, which he guided last year to the Colombian league's Clausura title.

Osorio, formerly head coach of the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls, turned down Chivas USA in December to stay at Once Caldas and said when he accepted Honduras' offer earlier this week that the job's structure would allow him to coach both teams. Turned out that wasn't so, and the Honduran federation -- anxious to start on preparations for the June 5-25 CONCACAF Gold Cup -- wanted him in the position by next week.

“It saddens me deeply [to turn down Honduras],” Osorio told the Colombian press. “It’s a great opportunity, but the word I had given Once Caldas is worth more. ... I fulfill contracts, and I have to respect them.”