For the New England Revolution, Jerry Bengtson is a offensive threat to be used as a substitute if the team needs some offense. For the Honduran national team, Jerry Bengtson is Superman.
The 27-year-old forward led Honduras to back-to-back World Cup appearances for the first time ever. The 2014 World Cup was just the third ever appearance for Honduras (1982, 2010).
Bengtson burst on the international stage in the 2012 London Olympics in London. Bengtson led Honduras to a win over Spain in the group stage. Honduras finished third in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying in 2013. Bengtson had nine goals in qualifying, establishing him as one of CONCACAF's elite international strikers.
At the World Cup in Brazil, Honduras lost all three games in group play, placing 31 out of 32 teams. Only Cameroon had a worse goal differential than Honduras. After elimination, Bengtson and the rest of the Honduras team returned to their respective clubs.
Bengtson returned to the Revolution on Saturday in a loss against the Chicago Fire. Bengtson played 25 minutes and did not score a goal, but was a positive influence according to head coach Jay Heaps.
"I thought Jerry did a great job coming in and impacting the game," Heaps said.
Bengtson's next chance to help the Revolution is Wednesday against the Los Angeles Galaxy.