A handful in the air and on the ground, George Welcome is a powerful, bustling striker who played little part in the final six-team qualification phase in the CONCACAF Zone. He owes his place in the squad for South Africa 2010 to some fine performances at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and in the friendlies that followed Honduras’s successful run to the world finals.
Welcome took his first steps as a professional with Arsenal in the Honduran second division and has the honour of being the only player from the second tier to gain a place in the national side. It was not long before the front man stepped up to the top flight though, signing for Motagua and showing that he belonged in the elite by becoming the side’s leading goalscorer.
Having helped Honduras reach the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008, Welcome was controversially omitted from the squad for the finals. He found recompense shortly afterwards, with Reinaldo Rueda drafting him into the full national team. His first sustained run in the side came at the end of the last year, when he scored a fine goal in a friendly with Latvia, giving La Bicolor a taste of what they can expect should he be given further opportunities at South Africa 2010.