Medford turns attention toward Guatemala

Honduras head coach Hernan Medford (pictured) is looking for Honduras to bounce back against Guatemala in the Central American on September 10, 2014, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. (Photo: Mexsport)

DALLAS, Texas – Honduras’ road to a third straight appearance in the Central American Cup (CCA) final will be a difficult one as it prepares for the last Group A match on Wednesday in Houston. 

A 1-0 loss Sunday to El Salvador (1-0-1, 3 points) left the Catrachos with three points from two games and now they must face first-place Guatemala (2-0-0, 6 points) in a decisive encounter.  Depending on the result in the preceding El Salvador-Belize match, a win could thrust the 2014 FIFA World Cup participant into the tournament’s curtain closer, while another defeat could portend elimination. 

“What is happening is that we still have another match,” said head coach Hernan Medford in his post-match conference.  “Now they are all angry, but there is another match on Wednesday. 

“But first the boys have to change their attitude to take on a motivated Guatemala.  What’s great about football is that there is always another match.” 

Medford, who won the 2007 Central American Cup as Costa Rica’s head coach, wants his team to play with the same level of enthusiasm that El Salvador demonstrated against it at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

“The opponent (El Salvador) was better, there are no excuses,” concluded Medford.  “When a team runs more and plays, obviously there are more chances to win.  We lacked attitude and I’m speaking in general.  We cannot play with that bad attitude, I said it clearly.  The team in the second half tried, but did not get to where they wanted.  You have to congratulate El Salvador because they beat us well.”

Honduras has a win and a draw in its last three CCA meetings with Guatemala, dating back to the 2003 edition.