Despite loss, Honduras lifted by performance vs. Costa Rica
Honduras’ Henry Figueroa (pictured) gets off the ground to make a play against Costa Rica in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match on July 7, 2017, in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. (Photo: AFP)
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HARRISON, New Jersey -- They may have lost 1-0 to Costa Rica in a hard fought 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup opener on Friday, but Honduras’ players can’t really find too much fault with their effort and performance.

Marco Ureña scored the lone goal in the 39th minute, but the final result was far from certain, with the Hondurans matching the Ticos in just about every facet of the game.

“I think that we were right with Costa Rica over the 90 minutes,” said Honduras attacker Oscar Boniek Garcia.  “I believe that this was the most complicated game of the group and unfortunately we picked up a loss.”

Garcia will be in friendly confines as Honduras looks to get its first points of the competition Tuesday, when the Catrachos face French Guiana at BBVA Compass Stadium – the venue where he plays club football for the Houston Dynamo.

The sides actually met in a Gold Cup qualifying playoff two years ago, with Honduras rallying for 4-3 aggregate triumph after falling 3-1 on the road in the first leg.

“We saw a few minutes of their first game where I think they went down 3-0 to Canada,” Garcia said of the French Guianese.  “Fortunately, we have some time to study more of them, but I still think they can be a very dangerous team.”

Honduras is winless in five consecutive Gold Cup matches since defeating Costa Rica, 1-0, in the 2013 quarterfinals.