Despite early frustration, Honduras U20s on track

Action from the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship game between Honduras (white jersey) and Cuba on January 12, 2015, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Honduras is not overawed by the presence of two-time defending champion Mexico in its CONCACAF Under 20 Championship group.

The Catrachos are targeting the Group B title and the prize that comes along with that accomplishment – a direct berth to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

“Our expectations are to come here and win the group and, at the end of the competition, we qualify for the Under-20 World Cup,” head coach Jorge Jimenez said through an interpreter on Wednesday.

A draw with El Salvador – after letting a two-goal lead slip away late -- and a win against Cuba from its first two matches leaves Honduras in second place on four points.

Although Jimenez was disappointed with the tie and not securing maximum points thus far, he kept the situation in perspective.

“We wish we could have had all six points,” he noted, “but because we were distracted late in the first game we only have four, but we always have the possibility to be at the top of the group.”

Jimenez added that the result had left the team “frustrated” because they “had put things in place to win.”

The biggest test will come on Thursday with a meeting against table-topping Mexico, which has won both of its outings by a combined score of 11-1.

“We have only one objective, come here to win the group and (Thursday) we will see the Honduras that can do that and the Honduras that will win,” finished Jimenez.

NOTES: Olimpia forward Alberth Elis leads Honduras in scoring with two goals…All Honduras’ goals in a 3-0 win over Cuba on Monday were scored in the second half.