Concacaf Nations League Semifinal: USA vs. Honduras – Match History & Preview | Five Things to Know – U.S. Soccer


In the most recent encounter, an 85th minute equalizer by Bobby Wood delivered the USMNT a hard-fought 1-1 draw in sweltering conditions on Sept. 5, 2017, in San Pedro Sula.

Three players on the U.S. roster for the Concacaf Nations League were in Honduras that day, with Kellyn Acosta and Christian Pulisic starting the match while Tim Ream sat in reserve.

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A total of five players have appeared against Honduras before: John Brooks (2 GP), DeAndre Yedlin (2) and Christian Pulisic (2); Kellyn Acosta (1), and Sebastian Lletget (1).

Honduras Roster

The Honduran roster boasts a combination of experience, familiarity and emerging talent on the 23-player squad. The Catrachos will draw on the veteran leadership of the Houston Dynamo due of Maynor Figueroa and Boniek García, who combined have collected 291 caps. With six players coming from the Olimpia team that defeated Mexican powerhouse Club America at the Estadio Azteca in the Concacaf Champions League and an additional trio from Motagua, there’s plenty of shared understanding.

The forward duo of Alberth Elis and Jorge Benguché will be familiar with the defensive stylings of Reggie Cannon, as they are all teammates at Boavista in Portugal. Meantime, Anthony Lozano – who plies his trade at Cadiz in Spain – leads all Honduran goalscorers with nine tallies.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Luis López (Real España; 28/0), Edrick Menjívar (Olimpia; 3/0), Alex Güity (Olimpia; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Maynor Figueroa (Houston Dynamo/USA; 165/5), Johnny Leverón (Olimpia; 37/3), Éver Alvarado (Olimpia; 28/1), Marcelo Pereira (Motagua; 14/0), Kevin Álvarez (Norrköping/SWE; 3/0), Diego Rodríguez (Motagua; 2/1), Elvin Oliva (Olimpia; 0/0)      

MIDFIELDERS (9): Boniek García (Houston Dynamo/USA; 126/3), Bryan Acosta (FC Dallas/USA; 45/2), Alexander López (Alajuelense/CRC; 34/4), Rigoberto Rivas (Reggina/ITA; 7/0), Deybi Flores (Olimpia; 6/0), Jhow Benavídez (Real España; 5/0), Walter Martínez (Motagua; 4/0), Edwin Rodríguez (Olimpia; 4/0), Kervin Arriaga (Marathón; 1/0)

FORWARDS (4): Alberth Elis (Boavista/POR; 44/10), Anthony Lozano (Cádiz/ESP; 33/9), Jorge Benguché (Boavista/POR;4/2), Jonathan Toro (Chaves/POR; 8/3)


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