Honduras, Andino target Copa title Sunday

Honduras' Erick Andino (pictured) celebrates after scoring against Costa Rica in a Copa Centroamericana match on January 20, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Honduras (3W-1D-0L, 10 points) only needs a draw with last-place Belize (0-1-3, 1) on Sunday to clinch to clinch the 2017 Copa Centroamericana crown.

Erick Andino struck for the Catrachos’ lone goal in their last outing on Friday, a 1-1 draw with two-time defending champion Costa Rica, a result that eliminated the Ticos from title contention. The 27-year-old forward masterfully hauled in Marcelo Canales’ 40-yard pass before slotting past goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton in the 17th minute.

With that strike, Andino became the third Honduran to score two goals at the Copa, joining fellow strikers Rubilio Castillo and Eddie Hernandez.

While Costa Rica’s second-half goal prevented Honduras claiming top honors that evening, Andino is confident that his side can get a result against Belize, confirming it a fourth regional title.

“The changes and the fatigue from the match against Panama (1-0 win on January 17) affected us, but thank God the objective was earned which was to get a result,” the Motagua standout said. “On Sunday we hope to close with a victory to be able to celebrate the title.”

Honduras also lifted the trophy in 1993, 1995, 2011.