Copa Centroamericana: Sunday storylines

Action from the Copa Centroamericana match between Nicaragua (white jersey) and Honduras on January 13, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- After an opening day tripleheader that produced only three goals (all in the same match), the Copa Centroamericana resumes Sunday at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

Here’s the slate of games:

Sunday – January 15, 2017
Belize v Costa Rica, 1:00 p.m.
El Salvador v Honduras, 3:30 p.m.
Panama v Nicaragua, 6:00 p.m.

The biggest surprise of Friday came in the evening’s final game, when Belize battled host Panama to a 0-0 draw.

What are some of things on which to keep an eye Sunday? gives you some possible storylines…

Panama looks to extend unbeaten streak record
By playing Belize to a scoreless stalemate, Panama extended its unbeaten streak in the Copa Centroamericana to 15 games (8W-7D-0L). The run started with a 1-0 win over Guatemala on January 27, 2009, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The Canaleros next face Nicaragua, a side that has registered only four victories in 40 all-time Copa games. Over the current 15-game stretch, Panama has beaten the Nicaraguans by the same 2-0 score twice: 2011 in Panama and 2014 in the United States.

Nicaragua needs offense
After being shutout in its previous three Copa Centroamericana outings, Nicaragua finally got on the scoreboard in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Honduras. The goal, however, came as a result of Honduras’ Henry Figueroa directing the ball into his own net. A Nicaraguan hasn’t scored in the competition since Elvis Figueroa struck in the 85th minute of a 2-1 loss to Belize on January 22, 2013. Another statistic that needs to be addressed is the fact that the Pinoleros haven’t scored more than goal in their last 11 Copa outings.

El Salvador’s defense make its case
In nine of its last 10 Copa Centroamericana games, El Salvador has conceded one goal or fewer. On Friday, the Salvadorans blanked two-time defending champion Costa Rica in a 0-0 draw. It marked the first time that the Ticos failed to score in their last 13 Copa games. Honduras – El Salvador’s Sunday opponent – scored two goals to rally for a 2-1 triumph over Nicaragua, becoming the only team to strike for more than one goal on the first matchday. Keeping the Catrachos off the scoreboard will be crucial to Salvadoran hopes of remaining unbeaten.