Honduras gets important win against the CanMNT in San Pedro Sula

Honduras gets important win: CanMNT player at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano

SAN PEDRO SULA, HOND – Honduras gets important win at home on a wet, rainy night at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano. In this game, Honduras took advantage of the wet field conditions and won 2-1 over the Canadians.

Honduras gets important win at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano

Three Keys to the Game

First Half

A Canada Soccer player’s pass just stopped in the second minute in the rain. Alphonso Davies slipped in the third minute. Richie Laryea made a very good defensive play in the third minute of play. Hoilett’s shot in the fourth minute missed the post. Junior Hoilett lost the ball in the fifth minute. He then had trouble with the ball as he slipped on a free-kick in the ninth minute. Romell Quioto’s pass missed a Honduras player in the 11-minute. Stephen Eustáquio could not handle the ball in the 12-minute. Hoilett had a golden opportunity to score in the 13-minute, but his shot went straight to the Honduran goalkeeper.

Honduras took advantage as Kevin López received a terrific cross from Romell Quioto, and ended up putting the ball into the net. This might have been the play of the game as Canada had a chance to score just a few moments before.

Eustáquio passed the ball in the 20-minute to Tajon Buchanan, which forced a clearance from Honduras. Quioto’s cross was captured by Borjan. Quioto’s shot was stopped by Borjan. Iké Ugbo’s shot was blocked as he got an excellent cross from Hoilett. Cristopher Meléndez might have made the defensive block of the game in the 28-minute. Johnston was called for a foul in the 32-minute. Steven Vitória tried to head the ball in the 34-minute but was unable to make contact with the ball. Hoilett came in late and got a yellow card in the 40-minute.

Second Half

Ugbo’s shot was stopped by Honduras goalkeeper, Lopez. Canada was having trouble adjusting to their pitch as Canada’s passes stopped moving halfway through. Hutchinson passed the ball to Eustáquio in the 54-minute, but the shot was off-target. A controversial call in the 62-minute, where Jonathan David’s possible penalty was called off. Davies shot in the 63-minute, just missed the target as he slipped. David delivered a great cross to Samuel Adekugbe in the 68-minute, but cannot connect on the ball.

Kervin Arriaga scored the insurance goal for Honduras in the 68-minute. He received the ball from a Honduran player after he got past a CanMNT player, who slipped because of the weather conditions.

Cyle Larin found David for the goal to cut the deficit to one goal. However, the goal was not enough as Canada was unable to break through. There was some controversy late in the game as Alistair Johnston was controversially handed a second yellow card and a red card. As a result, a scuffle occurred straight afterwards. There was also controversy on how the game ended. The stoppage time was six minutes. It ended at 7:30 of stoppage time. However, there were lots of things happening off the field that should have given more time for the game.

Game Summary

The CanMNT third game within a year against Honduras ends with a loss in San Pedro Sula. Honduras now leads in the Concacaf Nations League A Group C. However, Honduras has played one more game than Canada and is only three points ahead. Honduras took advantage of their scoring opportunities, which played a big role in them winning the game.

Both teams will not play Concacaf Nations League games again until late March. On March 25, Curaçao hosts the CanMNT. Then, on March 28, both the CanMNT and Honduras close out their group stage campaign on March 28, 2023. Both games will presumably be shown live on at least OneSoccer and Telus.

Three Takeaways:

Controversial referee decisions. There were two decisions that seemed to be controversial. The first one was when David seemed to have been tackled inside the box. However, Canada was awarded a free-kick just outside the box instead because of a previous tackle being committed. The second one was when Alistair Johnston was given the red card, he then decided to end the game early. The second yellow card was debatable as Johnston’s foot was over a Honduras player’s foot. Furthermore, despite much stoppage time being spent on the red card and the scuffle, there was not much extra time for Canada to try and tie the game.

Honduras adjusted to the weather and field conditions better than the CanMNT. Credit to Honduras, they adjusted to the weather and field conditions better than Canada. They were not slipping from the rain nearly as much as in Canada. This also helped Honduras score their second goal.

Canada has now lost three-straight games in Central America. The CanMNT lost in Central America in March against Panama and Costa Rica after winning two-straight road games in Central America in January, including one against Honduras.