Five Things to Know About Honduras

Presented by BioSteel
Michael Lewis

In a match in which the teams will be vying to win their first FIFA World Cup qualifying game of the Octagonal, the United States will take face Honduras on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET. (Paramount+, Telemundo, UNIVERSO)

The USMNT (0-0-2, 2 points) will play their Central American rivals (0-0-2, 2) at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

 


WORLD CUP QUALIFYING HISTORY


The Hondurans have reached the FIFA World Cup three times, including twice in its last three competitions (2010, 2014). For Russia 2018, they finished fourth the Concacaf Hexagonal but lost to Australia in an inter-confederation playoff, 3-1.

Los Catrachos finished 18th at the 1982 World Cup and 30th and 31st, respectively, in 2010 and 2014. They have never won a game in the tournament, holding a 0-6-3 mark overall.

Honduras tied host Spain and Northern Ireland, 1-1, in 1982, and played Switzerland to a scoreless draw in 2010. Four years later in Brazil, the squad lost all three of its group-stage matches.

In their most notorious qualifier for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, existing tensions between Honduras and El Salvador precipitated what was called “The Soccer War” in 1969 during which there was fan violence after two games. After winning a playoff match in Mexico City, El Salvador launched an attack on Honduras in a war that lasted some 100 hours before a cease fire was declared.

USA-HONDURAS WORLD CUP QUALIFYING HISTORY


The USMNT is 17-4-5 all-time against Honduras in a series dating back to 1965 and World Cup Qualifying for the 1966 tournament in England.

In WCQ, the USA leads the series, 6-2-2, including a 3-1-2 road record.

Four qualifiers in Honduras stand out. The first time the two countries met came in 1965, playing back-to-back games in Honduras. The USMNT registered 1-0 win on March 17 and played the hosts to a 1-1 tie four days later. Ed Murphy, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, scored in both contests.


The USA won in Central America for the first time in almost 11.5 years en route to a 2-1 win in San Pedro Sula on March 28, 2001. Captain Earnie Stewart celebrated his 32nd birthday with a goal in the 33rd minute. Clint Mathis settled matters by converting a dramatic, 22-yard free kick in the 87th minute.

Conor Casey scored twice and set up a third goal as the Americans clinched a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa with a 3-2 triumph in San Pedro Sula on Oct. 10, 2009. Landon Donovan added the game-winner.


HONDURAS MANAGER


Fabián Coito has been in charge of the Honduras National Team since 2019. The 54-year-old native of Uruguay had great success managing his home country’s teams at the youth level, recording a second-place finish at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup before finishing fourth with U-20’s in 2017.

 


RECENT MATCHES

The last time the U.S. Men's National Team and Los Catrachos met, the Americans prevailed in the semifinals of the Concacaf Nations League at Empower Field at Mile High on June 3. Jordan Pefok's 89th-minute goal lifted the USA to a 1-0 win.

Honduras rebounded, besting Costa Rica in the third-place match 5-4 in penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 draw. Edwin Rodriguez and Alberth Elis scored for Honduras.

In the Concacaf Gold Cup, the Central American side was eliminated by Mexico in the quarterfinals, 3-0.

The Hondurans played Canada to a 1-1 draw at BMO Field in Toronto in its World Cup qualifying opener. Alexander Lopez converted a 40th-minute penalty kick before the hosts equalized with a PK of their own in the second half.

On Sunday night, Hondurans dueled neighboring country and host El Salvador to a scoreless draw.



HONDURAS ROSTER


Fourteen players perform in the Honduran first division, six in Major League Soccer and four in Europe, one in Costa Rica and one in Africa. 

 

The roster boasts a combination of experience, familiarity and emerging talent on the 26-player squad. The Catrachos have drawn on the veteran leadership of the Houston Dynamo duo of defender Maynor Figueroa (173 caps), 38, who captained the Canada draw, and midfielder Boniek García, 37, (133), who skippered the tie in El Salvador.

With seven players coming from the Olimpia team that defeated Mexican powerhouse Club America at the Estadio Azteca in the Concacaf Champions League and an additional threesome from Motagua, there is plenty of shared understanding.

 

Forward Romell Quioto (CF Montreal), 30, leads all Honduran goal-scorers with 11 tallies in 52 appearances. Line-mate Anthony Lozano, 28, who plies his trade at Cadiz (Spain) is next with nine goals.

 

The three other MLS players are defenders Andy Najar (D.C. United) and Danilo Acosta (LA Galaxy), and midfielder Bryan Acosta (FC Dallas).

 

GOALKEEPERS (3): Marlon Licona (Motagua; 0/0), Luis López (Real España; 37/0), Edrick Menjívar (Olimpia; 3/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Danilo Acosta (LA Galaxy; 1/0), Félix Crisanto (Olimpia; 25/0),  Maynor Figueroa (Houston Dynamo/USA; 173/5), José Garcia (Olimpia; 2/0), Johnny Leverón (Olimpia; 42/4), Andy Najar (D.C. United/USA; 37/4), Marcelo Pereira (Motagua; 19/0), Diego Rodríguez (Motagua; 10/1), Allans Vargas (Real España; 7/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Bryan Acosta (FC Dallas/USA; 52/2), Kervin Arriaga (Marathón/HON; 4/0), Oscar Boniek García (Houston Dynamo/USA; 133/3), Deybi Flores (Panetolikos/GRE; 14/0), Alexander López (Alajuelense/CRC; 42/6), Brayan Moya (Primeiro de Agosto/ANG; 9/2), Carlos Pineda (Olimpia; 9/0), Edwin Rodríguez (Olimpia; 9/1)

FORWARDS (6): Eddie Hernández (Olimpia; 22/7), Anthony Lozano (Cádiz/ESP; 36/9), Romell Quioto (CF Montréal/CAN; 52/11), Rigoberto Rivas (Reggina/ITA; 12/0), Edwin Solano (Marathón; 6/1), Jonathan Toro (Académica/POR; 13/3)