Game Notes: Mexico v Honduras
Action from the last meeting between Mexico (green jersey) and Honduras in a World Cup qualifier on June 8, 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo: Oscar Ramirez/Straffon Images)
Mexico Honduras
65Games Played47
154Goal For70
40Goal Against59

Match Officials

Referee: Walter Lopez (Guatemala)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (Guatemala)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Anderson (USA)
4th Official: Armando Villarreal (USA)


Mexico: none
Honduras: none

Single Caution

Mexico: Jesus Dueñas, Jorge Hernandez, Luis Reyes
Honduras: Romell Quioto



Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Curacao 0, Mexico 2 … Angel Sepulveda struck midway through the first half and Edson Alvarez added an insurance goal in second-half stoppage time to help Mexico finish first in Group C, while preserving a second consecutive clean sheet

. • 2017 Gold Cup Results: 3-1 win v El Salvador (Hedgardo Marin 8’; Elias Hernandez 29’; Oberlin Pineda 55’); 0-0 draw v Jamaica; 2-0 win v Curacao (Angel Sepulveda 22’; Edson Alvarez 90’+1)

• Gold Cup Record: GP-65; W-47; D-10; L-8; GF-154; GA-40 … 154 goals scored and +114 goal differential are best in GC history

• Gold Cup Appearances: 14 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) … Best Finish: Champion-7 (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015) … Top GC Scorer: Luis Roberto Alves (12 goals) … Alves entered tournament tied for second on the all-time GC scoring list with the USA’s Clint Dempsey (#1: Landon Donovan, USA … 18 goals) … Qualification method: automatic North American entrant

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (WCQ): 1st place, CONCACAF fifth round (GP-6; W-4; D-2; L-0; GF-9, GA-2) … only remaining unbeaten team across all rounds of CONCACAF qualifying … Overall 2018 qualifying record: GP-12; W-9; D-3; L-0; GF-22, GA-3

• 2018 FIFA WCQ, CONCACAF fifth round results: 2-1 win v United States (A), 0-0 draw v Panama (A), 2-0 win v Costa Rica (H), 1-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago (A), 3-0 win v Honduras (H), 1-1 draw v United States (H) … Remaining fifth-round matches: Panama (H), Costa Rica (A), Trinidad & Tobago (H), Honduras (A) …

• 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup: 4th place (GP-5; W-2; D-1; L-2; GF-8; GA-10) … Results: (Group Stage) 2-2 draw v Portugal, 2-1 win v New Zealand, 2-1 win v Russia, (Semifinals) 4-1 loss v Germany, (3rd Place) 2-1 aet loss v Portugal

• Holds record for most titles in GC history (7) … 2nd most appearances in GC final (8 … USA #1 with 9)

• 22 of 23 players on Gold Cup roster were not in Confederations Cup squad … defender Luis Reyes is lone holdover (played in two games: 2-1 win v Russia, 1-2 loss v Portugal in 3rd place match) … three past Gold Cup MVPs (Giovani Dos Santos-2009, Javier Hernandez-2011, Andres Guardado-2015) played at the Confederations Cup

. • Unbeaten in last nine Gold Cup matches (6W-3D-0L) … team-record GC unbeaten streak: 16 games (14W-2D-0L), 1991 third-place match to 2000 quarterfinals

• GC record against Central American opponents: GP-28; W-19; D-6; L-3; GF-47; GA-16 … two of three losses came by same 2-1 score to Panama in 2011 tournament, including one in semifinals … kept 15 clean sheets against Central American opponents

• GC Quarterfinal Record: GP-9; W-6; D-1; L-2; GF-16; GA-5 … 4-0-0 in last 4 GC quarterfinal matches … conceded one total goal in last five GC quarterfinal matches … scored one goal or more in last six GC quarterfinal games …

• Conceded one goal or fewer in last six GC matches, shutouts in last two … last posted three straight shutouts in same GC edition in 2003 … scored two goals or more in four of last five GC games

• 0-0 draw v Jamaica was Mexico’s fourth scoreless result in its GC history … before 0-0 draw v Guatemala (July 12, 2015), had scored at least one goal in 31 consecutive GC matches

• Jesus Dueñas: only player on current roster to have taken part in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup (started & played 86 minutes in 3-1 win over Jamaica in final)

• Elias Hernandez: member of 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion (1 game/0 goals) … only appearance was a 66’ substitute for Andres Guardado in 5-0 win v Cuba

• Head Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio (since October 2015 ) … Osorio launched his Mexico coaching career shortly after the Tricolor’s 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 CONCACAF Cup (October 10, 2015) … currently serving six-game suspension from FIFA … Luis Pompilio Paez is leading side in his place


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Canada 0, Honduras 0 … Failed to score on the pitch for a third consecutive game, but still secured a third-place group finish and quarterfinal position because 0-0 draw against French Guiana was a ruled a 3-0 forfeit after French Guiana used ineligible player Florent Malouda

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 0-1 loss v Costa Rica; 3-0 win v French Guiana (forfeit, original result: 0-0 draw); 0-0 draw v Canada

• Gold Cup Appearances: 13 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) … Gold Cup record: GP-47; W-19; D-8; L-20; GF-70; GA-59 … Best Finish: Runner-up- 1 (1991) … Top GC Scorer: Carlos Pavon (9 goals) … Qualification method: Champion, 2017 Copa Centroamericana (Record: GP-5; W-4, D-1; L-0; GF-7; GA-3)

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana results: 2-1 win v Nicaragua, 2-1 win v El Salvador, 1-0 win v Panama, 1-1 draw v Costa Rica, 1-0 win v Belize

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana scorers: Eddie Hernandez (3 goals); Erick Andino, Roman Castillo (2) … Hernandez won tournament’s Golden Boot and midfielder Jorge Claros won Golden Ball … fourth Copa Centroamericana title (trails only Costa Rica, 8)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (WCQ): 5th, CONCACAF fifth round (GP-6; W-1; D-2; L-3; GF-6; GA-14) … Overall 2018 qualifying record: GP-12; W-3, D-4; L-5; GF-12; GA-20

• CONCACAF WCQ fifth round results: 0-1 loss v Panama (H), 3-1 win v Trinidad and Tobago (H), 6-0 loss v United States (A), 1-1 draw v Costa Rica (H), 3-0 loss v Mexico (A), 2-2 draw v Panama (H) …Remaining matches: Trinidad & Tobago (A), United States (H), Costa Rica (A), Mexico (H)

• Seven goals in 2018 WCQ cycle have been scored by Houston Dynamo trio of Romell Quioto(4), Alberth Elis (2) and Oscar Boniek Garcia (1) … Four players on Honduras roster have scored in a previous GC: Maynor Figueroa -1 v Trinidad & Tobago (2005); Alfredo Mejia -1 v Grenada (2011); Jorge Claros -1 v El Salvador (2013); Carlos Discua-1 v USA (2015)

• Quarterfinal record: GP-6; W-3; D-1; L-2; GF10; GA-10 … won only penalty tiebreak at quarterfinal stage, 4:2 v Costa Rica following 1-1 draw, in 2011 … advanced beyond group stage in five straight GC editions, before failing to do so in 2015, ending run of three straight trips to the semifinals … not missed knockout phase in back-to-back appearances since 1998 … scored one goal in each of last four GC quarterfinal games … conceded 1 total goal in last three GC quarterfinal matches, after allowing nine in previous three … no player on current roster has scored a GC quarterfinal goal

• Excluding 3-0 forfeit win v French Guiana, scored one goal or fewer in last nine GC matches dating back to 2013 … one win in last seven GC games (win was 3-0 forfeit after 0-0 draw v French Guiana, forfeit awarded once ruled that French Guiana used an ineligible player, Florent Malouda) … has not scored goal in 1st half of GC game since July 8, 2013 (Rony Martinez 4’, v Haiti)

• One of only two nations in GC history that has a positive all-time goal differential (plus-11), but a losing tournament record entering quarterfinals (Costa Rica is the other)

• GC record against North American opposition: GP-16; W-3; D-3; L-9; GF-12; GA-23 … 0-0 draw v Canada snapped four-game GC losing streak against North American teams … never lost to a North American opponent by more than two goals or conceded more than three in one game

• Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto (Colombia) … since 2014 … in second stint in charge of Costa Rica, led the Ticos to 2014 World Cup quarterfinals

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