SANDY, Utah (Oct. 10, 2015) - The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team lost 2-0 to Honduras in the semifinal of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium. The USA will next face Canada on Oct. 13 in the third place match, the winner of which will take on Colombia in a one-game playoff for a berth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The U.S. was the attacking side from the get-go, but just could not click to connect for a goal. Honduras, which had fewer chances, made the most of countering opportunities, and Albreth Elis converted on one to put Honduras up 1-0 in the 24th minute. It was the first time in the Olympic Qualifying tournament that the U.S. had to play from behind.
In the 54th minute, it appeared that the U.S. had found an equalizer, when from a corner kick Luis Gil whipped in a beautiful cross that Cameron Carter-Vickers jumped to and headed towards the top right corner of the goal, but Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez made a remarkable save, jumping high and wide to deflect the shot away.
In the 77th minute, Honduras doubled its lead, with Elis again finding the net off a counter attack.
The U.S. battled to the end, but the closest it could come to scoring came in the form of a disallowed goal from Jordan Morris.
The road to Rio has not ended for the U-23s yet, but it has lengthened. Tuesday's game against Canada is a must win.
-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Honduras
Date: Oct. 10, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Semifinal
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 1 p.m. MT
Weather: 79 degrees; Sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
HON 1 1 2
HON-Albreth Elis (Kevin Alvarez) 24th minute
HON-Albreth Elis (Kevin Lopez) 77
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 2-Boyd Okwuonu (20-Gboly Ariyibi, 46), 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 13-Matt Polster, 8-Emerson Hyndman (14-Fatai Alashe, 64), 6-Wil Trapp (capt.); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 10-Luis Gil (11-Alonso Hernandez, 74), 9-Jordan Morris
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 5-Will Packwood, 15-Marc Pelosi, 18-Charlie Horton, 19-Maki Tall
Head Coach: Andi Herzog
HON: 1-Luis Lopez; 2-Jonathan Paz, 3-Marcelo Pereira, 15-Kevin Alvarez, 6-Bryan Acosta; 8-Rodolfo Espinal, 10-Oscar Salas (19-Kevin Lopez, 68), 16- Elder Torres, 20-Jhow Benvidez (14-Joshua Nieto, 74); 17-Albreth Elis (11-Alian Banegas, 87), 9-Antony Lozano
Subs Not Used: 4-Klifox Bernardez, 7-Jose Barralaga, 12-Roberto Lopez, 13-Darwin Espinal, 18-Harold Fonseca
Head Coach: Carlos Tabora
Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 18 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Offside: 3 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 12
USA-Matt Polster (caution) 12th minute
USA-Boyd Okwuonu(caution) 27
Referee: Jafeth Perea (PAN)
1st Referee: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
2nd Referee: Ronaldo de la Cruz (GUA)
4th official: Juan Carlos Guerra (GUA)
Man of the Match: TBA