Honduras edges Canada in CU20 opener

Honduras' Jorge Alvarez (left) celebrates after scoring against Canada in a CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica, on February 17, 2017. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Honduras scored in the second half and earned a 1-0 win over Canada in the opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship on Friday at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.

The result provisionally places the Catrachos atop the Group A table, with three-time defending champion Mexico slated to meet Antigua & Barbuda later in the evening.

The game’s only goal was scored in the 76th minute, when a headed clearance from inside the box by Canada’s Thomas Milleur-Giguere fell to Jorge Alvarez nearly 30 yards from goal.  The 19-year-old Olimpia midfielder took a touch and blasted a right-footed shot that beat right-diving goalkeeper Thomas Hasal, bouncing inside the left post.

The goal came after a series of sustained Honduran attacks that saw an unmarked Douglas Martinez head wide of the left post and Darixon Vuelto chip just wide of the right post.

Foslyn Grant almost gave Honduras a lead in the 40th minute, but his header hit the left post.

Canada lost for a fifth straight time in CONCACAF Under-20 Championship play.

What’s Next?

On February 20, Honduras will face Antigua & Barbuda, while Canada takes on Mexico.