Hardworking Honduras targets Gold Cup win
Action from the CONCACAF Gold Cup game between Honduras (white jersey) and Costa Rica on July 7, 2017, in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. (Photo: AFP Services)

HOUSTON -- Despite a good performance against Costa Rica to open the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Friday night, Honduras still came away with a loss.

The Catrachos trained Sunday in hot Houston conditions, hoping to fine tune some details ahead of Tuesday’s encounter with French Guiana at BBVA Compass Stadium.  The sides met slightly more than two years ago in a Gold Cup Qualifying playoff.  Each won at home (1st Leg: French Guiana 3-1, 2nd Leg: Honduras 3-0), with Honduras progressing, 4-3 on aggregate.

“Even if it’s 1-0, no matter the result, if we win, it’s good,” midfielder Bryan Acosta said in regard to the French Guiana encounter.  “We will prepare and do what we can to be in the best form because, to win.  It will just take that little difference between the two teams.”

As a side with World Cup pedigree, there is the expectation that Honduras will advance from the group and make some noise in the knockout stages.  Another setback, while not catastrophic, will leave it with a lot of work to do against Canada in the last Group A game.

If the Honduras players are feeling any pressure, they’re not showing it.

“We’re always working at the maximum during the week to get the result we need,” finished Acosta.  “Against a team that can come out and win, we are working hard to be at our best to beat them.”

“There’s no pressure.  I just believe we have to win.”