Honduras reached the Gold Cup semifinals largely thanks to a forfeit victory over Martinique in the group stage. They didn’t score a goal in their other two group matches, but will maintain a defensive approach against the defending Gold Cup champions.
It’s been a busy summer for Mexico, who are letting the veterans rest after a semifinal run at Confederations Cup. Younger stars are leading the way, and according to manager Juan Carlos Osorio, that wasn’t his original plan. Osorio, who is serving a suspension and has been watching Mexico’s matches from a suite, said that he spoke with several players intending to bring them to Gold Cup but the decision was blocked by clubs. Mexico didn’t really struggle in three group matches, but a scoreless draw against Jamaica and an unconvincing win over Curacao have raised concerns.
Honduras haven’t been terrible against Mexico historically, and a 1-2-2 record in five Gold Cup matches is better than most in CONCACAF. The squad is led by a trio of Houston Dynamo talents: Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto and Boniek Garcia. Defense has been their game for several years now, but Honduras will need at least one goal to topple El Tri. Honduras has been a second-tier contender in Gold Cup for over a decade now, and before the 2015 Cup the squad had reached four consecutive semifinals.
Mexico have won three of the previous four Gold Cups, and are looking to reach the semifinals for a sixth consecutive tournament.
Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Eastern, and lineups will be posted one hour before kickoff.
Here are the basics:
DATE: Thursday, July 20, 2017
CHANNEL: Fox Sports 1
KICKOFF TIME: 10:30 p.m. Eastern
LOCATION: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
LIVE STREAM: Click here for all live streaming information
Mexico: Corona, Pereira, Ayala, Molina, Alvarez, Pineda, Gallardo, Duenas, Hernandez, Pizarro, Sepulveda,
Honduras: Lopez, Crisanto, Figueroa, Figueroa, Alvarado, Sanchez, Acosta, Mejia, Quioto, Elis, Lanza