Honduras looks to grow from Gold Cup lessons
Honduras (pictured) looks to get a head on the ball during its CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal against Mexico on July 20, 2017, in Glendale, Arizona, USA. (Photo: AFP Services)
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GLENDALE, Arizona -- Honduras was reminded that errors in the opening minutes of a match could be just as devastating as ones in the waning moments.

That is a reason why the Catrachos were eliminated from the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday night.

Mexico's Rodolfo Pizarro took advantage of defensive miscues in the fourth minute that led to him tapping in the only goal of the quarterfinal at University of Phoenix Stadium.

 

Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto chalked it up to inexperience.

"We made a mistake and that was costly in the end," he said.  "This is exactly the same thing we trained for. This is the learning curve.  This is a team that needs to mature."

During his post-game press conference, the 64-year-old Colombian summed up his thoughts about Honduras' overall performance in the competition.

"I'm not completely happy, but I am somewhat satisfied," he stated.  "There are good things about it.  They tried to defend the country.  They tried hard.  But the thing is football is measured by the number of goals that they score."

The Central American champion failed to score a goal during a game in the Gold Cup, but was awarded three in victory by forfeit over French Guiana in the group stage.

Honduras' next challenge will be at Trinidad & Tobago in FIFA World Cup Qualifying on September 1, before hosting the United States on September 5.