Hendry Thomas retains hope of playing for Honduras in 2014 World Cup

Rapids midfielder receives U.S. Green Card; still hopes to return to National Team

Colorado Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas has had a good week.

First, he and his family received their U.S. Permanent Residency (green cards).

Then, his Honduran National Team - in tying Jamaica, 2-2, on Tuesday - secured their place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

"I'm happy for the group that was there, and for all Hondurans," Thomas told ColoradoRapids.com this week. "To qualify for a second consecutive World Cup shows a lot, so I'm very happy and supporting of the group."

Thomas was a key part of Honduras' 2010 World Cup team, however he has not played a role in any Qualifiers during this cycle. Still, he remains optimistic - and hopeful - to be part of next summer's World Cup squad.

"I'm a very positive person. I always visualize myself in good situations," Thomas said. "So I'll keep working hard in case the coach at some point gives me the opportunity so that I can be ready."

Honduras will play Brazil in friendly on November 16 at Sun Life Stadium, just a few miles away from Thomas's home in Miami, Fla. Honduras will also play Ecuador in Houston, Tex. on Nov. 19, according to Diez.hn.

Should he get the Honduras invite, it would be a nice way to celebrate two special occasions with his family.

"To receive our green card is a joy which is difficult to explain," he said. "There are many people that would like to have (residency). I want to thank everyone here that participated in helping my family and myself acquire our green cards."

Beyond the governmental benefits, by having his residency Thomas will no longer occupy an international slot on the roster.