Copa Centroamericana Preview: Matchday 2
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Action from the Copa Centroamericana  match between Belize (white jersey) and host Panama on January 13, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

2017 COPA CENTROAMERICANA – MATCHDAY 2

Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama

January 15, 2017 

Belize v Costa Rica, 1:00 p.m.

Costa Rica leads all-time Copa series: 4W-0D-0L (14GF, 1GA) 

Last Copa meeting: January 18, 2013 (at San Jose, Costa Rica) – Costa Rica 1, Belize 0 – First Round 

Belize

- 2017 Results: 0-0 draw v Panama

- Appearances: 11 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017)

- Best Finish: Fourth-1 (2013

- Record: W-1; D-6; L-22; GF-18; GA-65

- Leading Scorer: Deon McCaulay (4 goals … 2007: 2, 2013: 1, 2014: 1)

- After Friday’s draw with Panama, now 0W-2D-9L in Copa openers

- Posted first shutout in last 7 Copa matches in scoreless draw with Panama

- Winless in last 6 Copa games (0W-1D-5L … only 1 goal scored over that stretch), since beating Nicaragua on January 22, 2013

- In 2014 edition, lost each of 3 matches against teams that ultimately qualified for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup (0-2 v Honduras, 1-2 v Guatemala, 0-2 v El Salvador)

- Deon McCaulay was the joint-top scorer in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Luis Suarez (Uruguay) and Robin Van Persie (Netherlands) … 11 goals each

- Never scored more than 3 total goals in a single Copa Centroamericana tournament (3 in 2001, 2007, 2009 & 2011)

- 2018 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Overall Record: W-2; D-3; L-1; GF-7; GA-6

- 2018 WCQ Scorers: Deon McCaulay (4); Elroy Kuylen (2); Harrison Roches (1)

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Appearances: 1 (2013)

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Record: W-0; D-0; L-3; GF-1; GA-11

Costa Rica

- 2017 Results: 0-0 draw v El Salvador

- Appearances: 14 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017)

- Best Finish: Champion-8 (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)

- Record: W-35; D-14; L-8; GF-103; GA-35

- Leading Scorer: Rolando Fonseca (19 goals … 1993: 1, 1995: 3, 1997: 4, 1999: 5, 2001: 3, 2007: 3) … all-time leading Copa Centroamericana scorer

- Remained unbeaten (11W-3D-0L) in Copa openers after Friday’s 0-0 draw v El Salvador

- Unbeaten in last 9 Copa games (6W-3D-0L)

- Shutout for first time 13 Copa matches in 0-0 draw v El Salvador

- Holds Copa records for most titles (8), most wins (35) … tied with Honduras for most goals scored (103)

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 29 of last 31 Copa games

- Attempting to become first team to win 3 straight Copa titles

- In 2014 Copa final, rallied for a 2-1 win over Guatemala as Bryan Ruiz (28’) and Juan Bustos (56’) netted after Carlos Ruiz (25’ pen) struck for first goal

- 2018 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Overall Record: W-7; D-1; L-0; GF-17; GA-3

- 2018 WCQ Scorers: Christian Bolaños (4); Joel Campbell, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Ruiz, Johan Venegas (2); Randall Azofeifa, Johnny Acosta, Celso Borges, Cristian Gamboa, Marco Ureña (1)

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in each of 8 WCQs, including 5 shutouts

- Scored 2 goals or more in 5 of 8 WCQs

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Appearances: 12 (1991, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Record: W-16; D-15; L-19; GF-76; GA-63 

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El Salvador v Honduras, 3:30 p.m.

Honduras leads all-time Copa series: 7W-3D-2L (18GF, 6GA) 

Last Copa meeting: September 7, 2014 (at Dallas, Texas, USA) – Honduras 0, El Salvador 1 – First Round 

El Salvador

- 2017 Results: 0-0 draw v Costa Rica

- Appearances: 14 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017)

- Best Finish: Third Place-5 (1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2013)

- Record: W-20; D-14; L-25; GF-57; GA-66

- Leading Scorer: Raul Diaz Arce (7 goals … 1991: 4, 1993: 1, 1995: 2)

Rafael Burgos had scored at least 1 goal in each of previous three Copa Centroamericana editions, but is not on 2017 roster

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 9 of last 10 Copa matches (1-2 loss v Guatemala on September 3, 2014)

Scored 1 goal or fewer in 11 of last 12 Copa matches (2-0 win v Belize on September 10, 2014) … shutout in 7 of those games

- Hasn’t scored in 1st half of last 12 Copa games … Last Copa 1st half goal: Rafael Burgos in 24’ of 5-2 win v Belize on January 16. 2011

- Nelson Bonilla: 1 career Copa goal (scored in 50’ of 1-0 win v Belize in 2013 third-place match)

- Richard Menjivar: 1 career Copa goal (scored in 67’ of 1-0 win v Honduras in 2014 first-round match)

- 2018 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Overall Record: W-3; D-3; L-4; GF-12; GA-16

- 2018 WCQ Scorers: Nelson Bonilla (5); Alexander Larin (2); Arturo Alvarez, Jonathan Barrios, Darwin Ceren, Irvin Herrera, Pablo Punyed (1)

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Appearances: 9 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Record: W-7; D-6; L-15; GF-24; GA-49 

Honduras

- 2017 Results: 2-1 win v Nicaragua (Eddie Hernandez 23’; Erick Andino 69’)

- Appearances: 14 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017)

- Best Finish: Champion-3 (1993, 1995, 2011)

- Record: W-31; D-11; L-14; GF-103; GA-47

- Leading Scorer: Wilmer Velasquez (16 goals … 1997: 6, 2005: 6, 2007: 4)

Honduras is tied with Costa Rica for most goals scored in Copa history (103) … only two teams to reach century mark

- After losing 2 consecutive Copa matches, has now won 2 straight (hasn’t won 3 in a row since 2011)

- Hernandez & Andino scored their first-ever Copa goals in Friday’s 2-1 win v Nicaragua

- Andino’s goal was Honduras’ first scored in 2nd half of a Copa match since 1-0 win v Belize in 2013 semifinals (6 games)

- Milton Nuñez is the only Honduran to score at least 1 goal in five different editions of the Copa Centroamericana (13 goals … 1995: 1, 1997: 1, 1999: 3, 2001: 3, 2005: 5)

- 2018 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Overall Record: W-3; D-2; L-3; GF-9; GA-8

- 2018 WCQ Scorers: Romell Quioto (3); Alberth Elis, Oscar Garcia, Eddie Hernandez, Emilio Izaguirre, Antony Lozano, Mario Martinez (1)

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in last 5 WCQs

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Appearances: 12 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Record: W-18; D-7; L-19; GF-67; GA-58

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Panama v Nicaragua, 6:00 p.m.

Panama leads all-time Copa series: 5W-0D-1L (17GF, 1GA) 

Last Copa meeting: September 10, 2014 (at Houston, Texas, USA) – Panama 2, Nicaragua 0 – First Round 

Panama

- 2017 Results: 0-0 draw v El Salvador

- Appearances: 13 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017)

- Best Finish: Champion-1 (2009)

- Record: W-18; D-13; L-17; GF-52; GA-48

- Leading Scorer: Jorge Dely Valdes (6 goals … 2001: 6)

- Tournament Record: Unbeaten in last 15 Copa games (8W-7D-0L)

- Last Copa loss: 0-3 v Costa Rica in first round on January 23, 2009

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 14 of last 15 Copa matches, including 11 shutouts

- Blas Perez is only Panamanian to score at least 1 goal in more than two Copa Centroamericana editions (3 … 2011: 1, 2013: 1, 2014: 2)

- Armando Cooper: 2 career Copa goals, including 1 in 17’ of 2-0 win v Nicaragua on January 16, 2011

- Alberto Quintero: 1 career Copa goal (scored in 59’ of 3-1 win v Guatemala in 2013 fifth-place match)

- Jose Gonzalez (Arabe Unido) is joint-top scorer in 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) with Hirving Lozano (Pachuca) & Cristian Techera (Vancouver Whitecaps) on 5 goals each

- Edgar Yoel Barcenas (Arabe Unido) has 2 goals and team-best 3 assists in 2016/17 SCCL

- Enrico Small (Arabe Unido) was top scorer in 2016 Panamanian Apertura (16 goals), scoring 1 goal in 2-0 win over Plaza Amador in final

- 2018 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Overall Record: W-4; D-2; L-2; GF-8; GA-5

- 2018 WCQ Scorers: Luis Tejada (2); Abdiel Arroyo, Felipe Baloy, Armando Cooper, Fidel Escobar, Gabriel Torres, own-goal in favor of (1)

- Posted shutouts in 6 of 8 WCQs

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Appearances: 9 (1993, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Record: W-10; D-14; L-10; GF-47; GA-43

Nicaragua

- 2017 Results: 1-2 loss v Honduras (own-goal, Henry Figueroa 20’)

- Appearances: 14 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017)

- Best Finish: Fifth Place-1 (2009)

- Record: W-4; D-4; L-32; GF-25; GA-112

- Leading Scorer: Jose Emilio Palacios (4 goals … 2003: 1, 2007: 3) and Samuel Wilson (4 … 2007: 2, 2009: 2)

- 0W-2D-12L in Copa openers, following Friday’s 1-2 loss v Honduras

- Winless in 11 straight Copa matches (0W-2D-9L), including 6 consecutive losses … Last Copa win: 2-0 v Guatemala, 2-0, in 2009 fifth-place match to qualify for 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- Scored 1 goal or fewer in last 11 Copa matches (5 total goals over that stretch)

- Juan Barrera: 1 career Copa goal (scored in 66’ of 1-1 draw v Belize on January 26, 2009) … also has 1 goal in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, scored for Real Esteli in a 1-1 draw v Tigres on September 18, 2012

- 2018 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Overall Record: W-5; D-0; L-1; GF-15; GA-5

- 2018 WCQ Scorers: Carlos Chavarria, Raul Leguias (3); Juan Barrera, Luis Fernando Copete, Luis Galeano, Manuel Rosas (2); Norfran Lazo (1)

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Appearances: 1 (2009)

- CONCACAF Gold Cup Record: W-0; D-0; L-3; GF-0; GA-8