Honduras (white jerseys) walks off the field after Central American Cup loss to Guatemala on September 10, 2014, in Houston. (Photo: Mexsport)
HOUSTON, Texas – After appearing in two straight Central American Cup (CCA) finals, Honduras will face Nicaragua in the competition’s match for fifth place.
With a third-place finish in Group A, the Catrachos’ participation in the 2014 CCA has not gone as initially anticipated. A 2-0 win in their opener over Belize – thanks to a pair of own-goals – was followed by losses to El Salvador (1-0) and Guatemala (2-0)
Making matters more difficult is that in order for the 2014 World Cup participant to qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, it will need to overcome the Pinoleros and then navigate a playoff against the fifth-place team from November’s Caribbean Cup finals.
Head coach Hernan Medford, who guided Costa Rica to the 2007 CCA title, believes that his team must correct errors ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Nicaragua at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
“There are negative things to correct,” said Medford. “The team still lacks that part of understanding each other on the field. The situation is not what we want, but we have not abandoned our goal. The Gold Cup our objective.”
The 46-year-old Costa Rican took the Honduran reins in late July and did not have a training session with the team until August 16. He believes that increased familiarity between players and the coaching staff is needed before performances become sharper and the results improve.
“Guatemala has spent seven or eight months working together and they know each other well. You can tell,” concluded Medford. “As for us, only 10 or 11 training sessions. This is the start of a process.”
Honduras is 5-0-0 all-time against Nicaragua in CCA play.