Honduras forges ahead at Gold Cup
Action from the CONCACAF Gold Cup game between Honduras (white/blue jersey) and French Guiana on June 11, 2017, in Houston, Texas, USA. (Photo: AFP Services)

HOUSTON -- Honduras (0W-1D-1L, 1 point) wasn’t taking French Guiana (0-1-1, 1) lightly in the second game for each in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Catrachos were hoping for a win, obviously, but a scoreless draw is something to build upon with their qualification hopes coming down to Friday’s last Group A game against first-place Canada (1-1-0, 4).

“We started very well during the match.  We anticipated that they would be a very strong team,” said goalkeeper Luis Lopez.  “That game left a bad taste in our mouths because we badly wanted to win and so we just need to keep our heads up and moving forward into the next game.”

French Guiana, like the other French territories in CONCACAF, are distinctly different from the other teams in the region.  The Yana Dòkòs are influenced partially by the French game.

It’s a challenge that Honduras has faced before in qualifying for the 2015 Gold Cup, so the Central American champion was not surprised by French Guiana’s performance.

“They’re going to really take advantage of that French style against all of us,” Lopez commented.  “It’s going to be their kind of good luck charm for the rest of the tournament.”

Honduras is still looking for its first goal of this year’s competition.