Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Honduras aims to beat Mexico again
by Paul Kennedy, April 1st, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[HEXAGONAL] It's only the third day of World Cup 2010 qualifying in the Concacaf zone, but Mexico and Honduras meet in a critical match for both teams Wednesday in San Pedro Sula (TV: Telemundo, live, 9:30 pm ET). If one team loses, look for its coach to be on his way out.

Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson gained a reprieve when the Tri beat Costa Rica, but he may not be so lucky if they fall in the Estadio Olimpico on Wednesday.

The Catrachos have a history of success against Mexico in San Pedro Sula, the industrial center of Honduras, and their hero has been Carlos Pavon, who will be available on Wednesday.

The former Los Angeles Galaxy striker scored in the 2-1 Honduras win in 1996, its first World Cup qualifying win ever over Mexico.

In 2001, he had a hat trick as the Catrachos again beat Mexico in San Pedro Sula, this time 3-1, to prompt Mexico coach Enrique Meza's immediate resignation.

Only last fall, Honduras again won in San Pedro Sula, defeating Mexico, 1-0, on an own goal to clinch first place in their semifinal group ahead of Mexico, which only edged Jamaica for second place on goal difference.

It was on the basis of the Catrachos' first-place finish that they entered in the Hexagonal with high hopes, but a 2-0 loss at Costa Rica was followed by a 1-1 tie Saturday at Trinidad & Tobago.

An error by Honduras goalie Noel Valladares allowed T&T to equalize in the 89th minute, costing Honduras two valuable away points. (Pavon had earlier scored to put the Catrachos ahead with his 50th international goal.)

It also made another victory over Mexico on Wednesday an absolute priority. If Honduras loses, look for its Colombian coach Reynaldo Rueda, to be fired.

One player who isn't in San Pedro Sula is New Mexico product Edgar Castillo. Called in as a last-minute replacement for the injured Giovanni Dos Santos, Castillo was unable to travel with Mexico to Honduras because he lost his passport. Also missing will be Ricardo Osorio, who is sidelined with the stomach flu.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. U-20s tie Qatar on late Conor Donovan goal     
The U.S. U-20 men's national team, which is preparing for this summer's U-20 World Cup, tied ...
TV Report: NASCAR trumps MLS on Fox Sports    
Fox Sports' decision to bump Sunday's New York City FC-Portland game scheduled to air on Fox ...
Expanded Soccer Morning picked up by SiriusXM Radio    
Soccer Morning, the daily soccer talk show, has been picked up daily SiriusXM Radio. Beginning May ...
What They're Saying: Greg Vanney    
"I hope they can win it. It would be great for our league and great for ...
Mexico's U-23s without Torres and Salcedo    
A conflict with the Copa MX final prevented Erick Torres and Carlos Salcedo from traveling with ...
Steve Cherundolo named Hannover 96 assistant coach     
Former U.S. national team defender Steve Cherundolo has been named assistant coach of Bundesliga club Hannover ...
Roster: U.S. U-23 women convene in Florida     
Twenty-four college players have been called into to a U.S. U-23 women's national team camp in ...
MLS attendance takes big jump    
MLS average attendance is on course to smash the league record set last year and top ...
What They're Saying: Klaus Allofs    
"There are a lot of ways of finding out when training is. And it is not ...
Video Pick: Obafemi Martins golazo leads best of MLS    
NYC's Mehdi Ballouchy, Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco, Columbus' Federico Higuain, and Seattle's Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives