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Five Things to Know About Honduras
The USMNT faces Honduras in the semifinals of the Concacaf Nations League Final Four on Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET (Univision, TUDN, Paramount+, CBS Sports Network).
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The U.S. Men’s National Team faces Honduras in the first semifinal of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League Final Four on June 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET (Univision, TUDN, Paramount+, CBS Sports Network). The match will be played as part of a doubleheader prior to Mexico-Costa Rica at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.
Here are Five Things to Know about Thursday’s opponents:
Governed by the Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras, the Hondurans began international competition in 1921 and have qualified for three World Cups, including back-to-back appearances in 2010 and 2014. They captured the Concacaf Championship – precursor to the Gold Cup – in 1981, and are four-time winners of the Copa Centroamericana, most recently in 2017.
Reaching the CNL Final Four
Honduras advanced to this Semifinal after winning Group C ahead of Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago, compiling a 3-0-1 record with eight goals scored and only one surrendered. Brayan Moya and Alberth Elis each have a pair goals, with a total of five different players finding the back of the net.
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.
With the onset of the global pandemic in March of last year, the team has played four matches and posted an 0-2-2 record. Most recently, they drew 1-1 on March 24 with hosts Belarus before falling 2-1 to Greece four days later.
History with the USMNT
The USMNT is 16-4-5 all-time against Honduras in a series dating back to 1965. Here are three quick hits on the series:
The teams have met 17 times in official competition, with the USA holding a commanding 12-2-3 record. One of the two losses came in World Cup Qualifying on home soil, where current U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Earnie Stewart scored two goals, but the USMNT fell 3-2 on Sept. 1, 2001, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
In the most recent encounter, an 85th minute equalizer by Bobby Wood delivered the USMNT a hard-fought 1-1 draw in sweltering conditions on Sept. 5, 2017, in San Pedro Sula.
Three players on the U.S. roster for the Concacaf Nations League were in Honduras that day, with Kellyn Acosta and Christian Pulisic starting the match while Tim Ream sat in reserve.
A total of five players have appeared against Honduras before: John Brooks (2 GP), DeAndre Yedlin (2) and Christian Pulisic (2); Kellyn Acosta (1), and Sebastian Lletget (1).
The Honduran roster boasts a combination of experience, familiarity and emerging talent on the 23-player squad. The Catrachos will draw on the veteran leadership of the Houston Dynamo due of Maynor Figueroa and Boniek García, who combined have collected 291 caps. With six players coming from the Olimpia team that defeated Mexican powerhouse Club America at the Estadio Azteca in the Concacaf Champions League and an additional trio from Motagua, there’s plenty of shared understanding.
The forward duo of Alberth Elis and Jorge Benguché will be familiar with the defensive stylings of Reggie Cannon, as they are all teammates at Boavista in Portugal. Meantime, Anthony Lozano – who plies his trade at Cadiz in Spain – leads all Honduran goalscorers with nine tallies.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Luis López (Real España; 28/0), Edrick Menjívar (Olimpia; 3/0), Alex Güity (Olimpia; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Maynor Figueroa (Houston Dynamo/USA; 165/5), Johnny Leverón (Olimpia; 37/3), Éver Alvarado (Olimpia; 28/1), Marcelo Pereira (Motagua; 14/0), Kevin Álvarez (Norrköping/SWE; 3/0), Diego Rodríguez (Motagua; 2/1), Elvin Oliva (Olimpia; 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Boniek García (Houston Dynamo/USA; 126/3), Bryan Acosta (FC Dallas/USA; 45/2), Alexander López (Alajuelense/CRC; 34/4), Rigoberto Rivas (Reggina/ITA; 7/0), Deybi Flores (Olimpia; 6/0), Jhow Benavídez (Real España; 5/0), Walter Martínez (Motagua; 4/0), Edwin Rodríguez (Olimpia; 4/0), Kervin Arriaga (Marathón; 1/0)
FORWARDS (4): Alberth Elis (Boavista/POR; 44/10), Anthony Lozano (Cádiz/ESP; 33/9), Jorge Benguché (Boavista/POR;4/2), Jonathan Toro (Chaves/POR; 8/3)