Honduras required only two games to seal a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship spot, defeating Belize (5-0) and Guatemala (2-1). Although its path to the finals was a short, the Catrachos hope their stay in the United States lasts as long as the one that earned them a spot in the 2012 Olympic Games, when they reached the CONCACAF final before falling to Mexico, 2-1, after extra time. That talented squad has given way to another extremely precocious contingent. A returnee, though, is giving the Catrachos its greatest hope for success. Forward Antony Lozano, who tied current Motagua star Eddie Hernandez for a team-best two goals in the last competition, already has valuable experience with the senior national team and is currently taking the Spanish second division by storm. Since being loaned to Tenerife from Olimpia, the 22-year-old has struck for a team-best four goals in six games, including a brace in a 3-0 win over Mirandes on September 27, 2015. He could be paired with former Olimpia teammate Alberth Elis, who has netted twice in three 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League games (both against the Seattle Sounders in separate games). The 19-year-old also scored four goals in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship and found the back of the net in a 5-0 win over Belize in a Central American Olympic qualifier on August 11, 2015.
Player to Track: MF Joshua Nieto (Motagua/Honduras)
Trinidad & Tobago
PPL Park, a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium, serves as home to Philadelphia Union. Since opening its doors on June 27, 2010, it has hosted numerous events for multiple sports. In October 2014, the CONCACAF Women’s Championship finals were held there as the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico earned berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Two years earlier, the MLS All-Stars squared off against English-power Chelsea before a crowd of 19,236. PPL Park has been recognized on multiple occasions, winning awards from Mid Atlantic Construction Magazine for “Best Sports/Recreation Project of the Year,” the Delaware County Planning Commission for outstanding land projects in the County and the NCS4 Facility Achievement Award that honors venues that excel in safety and security operations.
City: Chester, Pennsylvania
Past Gold Cups:first-time venue
Field Size: 120 x 75