Copa Centroamericana Preview: Matchday 5
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Action from the Copa Centroamericana  match between Honduras and Costa Rica (right) on January 20, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

2017 COPA CENTROAMERICANA – MATCHDAY 5

Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama

January 22, 2017 

Belize v Honduras, 11:00 a.m.

Honduras leads all-time Copa series: 5W-0D-0L (2GF, 14GA) 

Last Copa meeting: September 3, 2014 (at Washington, D.C., USA) – Honduras 2, Belize 0 – First Round (two own-goals by Belize) 

Belize (0-1-3, 1pt. … 2GF, 9GA … 6th place)

- 2017 Results: 0-0 draw v Panama; 0-3 loss v Costa Rica; 1-3 loss v El Salvador (Deon McCaulay 43’); 1-3 loss v Nicaragua (Elroy Smith 54’ pen)

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

- Best Finish: Fourth-1 (2013)

- Record: W-1; D-6; L-25; GF-20; GA-74

- Leading Scorer: Deon McCaulay (5 goals - 2007: 2, 2013: 1, 2014: 1, 2017: 1)

- Scored 1 goal or fewer in last 9 Copa matches; shutout in 6 of those outings

- Winless in last 9 Copa games (0W-1D-8L) … Last win: 2-1 v 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 

Honduras (3-1-0, 10pts. … 6GF. 3GA … 1st place) … qualified for 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup … can clinch Copa title with draw v Belize

- 2017 Results: 2-1 win v Nicaragua (Eddie Hernandez 23’; Erick Andino 69’); 2-1 win v El Salvador (Rubilio Castillo 62’, 90’); 1-0 win v Panama (Eddie Hernandez 36’ pen); 1-1 draw v Costa Rica (Erick Andino 17’)

- 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-33; D-12; L-14; GF-107; GA-49

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

- Tied with Costa Rica for most goals scored in Copa history (107)

- Unbeaten in last 5 Copa matches (4W-1D0L)

- Won opening 3 Copa matches for first time since 2009

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 22 of last 23 Copa matches … has not scored more than 2 goals in any of last 14 Copa matches

- Each of Honduras’ 2017 Copa scorers -- Andino, Castillo and Hernandez -- scored their first-ever Copa goals in this edition

- Scored at least 1 goal in each of 5 Copa games v Belize … conceded 1 goal or fewer in each of 5 Copa games v Belize

- Milton Nuñez is 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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El Salvador v Nicaragua, 1:30 p.m.

El Salvador leads all-time Copa series: 7W-1D-0L (17GF, 4GA) 

Last Copa meeting: January 14, 2011 (at Panama City, Panama) – El Salvador 2, Nicaragua 0 – First Round 

El Salvador (1-1-2, 4pts. … 4GF, 4GA)

- 2017 Results: 0-0 draw v Costa Rica; 1-2 loss v Honduras (Rodolfo Zelaya 10’); 3-1 win v Belize (Gerson Mayen 15’; Juan Barahona 20’; Henry Romero 23’); 0-1 loss v Panama

- 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-21; D-14; L-27; GF-61; GA-70

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

- Hasn’t lost 2 straight games in same Copa since 2011

- All 4 goals in 2017 Copa scored in first half … prior to 2017 Copa, had not scored a first-half goal in 13 Copa games

- Rodolfo Zelaya’s 10’ goal in 1-2 loss v Honduras was his first-ever Copa goal, but he does have 8 in CONCACAF Gold Cup play (including 1 v Costa Rica in 2011 & 1 v Panama in 2011)

- Gerson Mayen, Juan Barahona & Henry Romero scored their first-ever Copa goals in Tuesday’s 3-1 win v Belize

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

- Alexander Larin: 1 career Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League goal (scored for Alianza in 1-1 draw v New York Red Bulls on August 16, 2016)

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

- 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  

Nicaragua (1-1-2, 4pts. … 5GF, 5GA … 4th place) … will clinch 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup berth with draw v El Salvador

- 2017 Results: 1-2 loss v Honduras (own-goal, Henry Figueroa 20’); 1-2 loss v Panama (Bryan Garcia 30’); 0-0 draw v Costa Rica; 3-1 win v Belize (Juan Barrera 30’; Daniel Cadena 84’; Bryan Garcia 90’)

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

- Best Finish: Fifth Place-1 (2009)

- Record: W-5; D-5; L-33; GF-29; GA-115

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

- Snapped 13-game Copa winless streak with Friday’s 3-1 victory v Belize (1W-3D-10L) … Previous Copa win: 2-0 v Guatemala in 2009 fifth-place match to qualify for 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- Prior to netting 3 goals in Friday’s win v Belize, scored 1 goal or fewer in previous 13 Copa matches (6 total goals over that stretch … shutout 7 times)

- Prior to netting 3 goals in Friday’s win v Belize, hadn’t scored 3 goals in a Copa match since 4-2 win v Belize on February 12, 2007 (19 games)

- Prior to netting 3 goals in Friday’s win v Belize, scored only 3 goals in previous 8 Copa matches

- Prior to Tuesday’s 0-0 draw v Costa Rica, conceded at least 1 goal in previous 12 Copa matches

- Daniel Cadena, who assisted on Bryan Garcia’s goal in 1-2 loss v Panama & scored in 3-1 win v Belize, struck for 1 goal in each match of a two-game friendly series v visiting Trinidad & Tobago last month (1 in 2-1 win on Dec. 27; 1 in 1-3 loss on Dec. 30)

- Juan Barrera: 2 career Copa goals (scored in 66’ of 1-1 draw v Belize on January 26, 2009; 30’ of 3-1 win v Belize on January 20, 2017) … 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

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Panama v Costa Rica, 4:00 p.m.

Costa Rica leads all-time Copa series: 5W-4D-1L (13GF, 6GA) 

Last Copa meeting: September 7, 2014 (at Dallas, Texas, USA) – Costa Rica 2, Panama 2 – First Round 

Panama (2-1-1, 7pts. … 3GF, 2GA) … qualified for 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- 2017 Results: 0-0 draw v El Salvador; 2-1 win v Nicaragua (Roderick Miller 8’; Josiel Nuñez 12’); 0-1 loss v Honduras; 1-0 win v El Salvador (Abdiel Arroyo 82’)

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

- Best Finish: Champion-1 (2009)

- Record: W-20; D-13; L-18; GF-55; GA-50

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

- Unbeaten in 17 of last 18 Copa matches (10W-7D-1L) … hold record for longest-ever Copa unbeaten streak (16 games … run ended in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Honduras

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 17 of last 18 Copa matches, including 12 shutouts

- Scored 1 goal or fewer in 9 of 10 all-time Copa games v Costa Rica

- Last 3 Copa matches v Costa Rica have ended in a draw

- 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

Costa Rica (1-3-0, 6pts. … 4GF, 1GA) … qualified for 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

- 2017 Results: 0-0 draw v El Salvador; 3-0 win v Belize (Jose Guillermo Ortiz 25’, 64’; Johan Venegas 51’); 0-0 draw v Nicaragua; 1-1 draw v Honduras (Francisco Calvo 59’)

- 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-36; D-16; L-8; GF-107; GA-36

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

- Unbeaten in last 12 Copa games (7W-5D-0L)

- Holds Copa records for most titles (8), most wins (36), most draws (16) and tied with Honduras for most goals scored (107)

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 9 of 10 all-time Copa games v Panama, including 5 shutouts

- Shutout twice in same Copa for first time

- Conceded 1 goal or fewer in 32 of last 34 Copa games

- 2W-0D-0L v Panama in CONCACAF qualifying for 2018 FIFA World Cup (2-1 away win, 3-1 home win)

- 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