Though a relatively recent recruit to the Honduras set-up, Carlos Palacios has already become a valued squad member. The dependable 28-year-old right-back has impressed national coach Reinaldo Rueda with his ability on the ball and the security he offers at the back.
Despite a lengthy club career, much of which he has spent with Real Espana, Palacios has had to wait for his opportunity with Los Catrachos. That opportunity came after some solid performances in the league during the 2008/09 season, with the defender getting the call for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a tournament Rueda used to blood a number of uncapped players.
Palacios acquitted himself so well in the United States that he came into the reckoning during the final six-team qualifying phase in the CONCACAF Zone, gaining a seat on the bench for the decisive last game against El Salvador. Although not expected to win a starting place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, Palacios can be relied upon to perform solidly if called into action.