Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Mexico will be aiming to move one step closer to defending their Gold Cup trophy when they take on Honduras at State Farm Stadium on Sunday morning. El Tri failed to impress in a goalless draw with Trinidad, but they did well to beat both Guatemala and El Salvador in the last two group games. The Mexicans are eyeing their seventh consecutive clean sheet in all competitions, and we are positive that they will prevent Honduras attackers from scoring in the Gold Cup quarter-final.
Hirving Lozano has been ruled out of the tournament with injury, and, in his absence, Funes Mori will lead the line for the nominal hosts. Honduras, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Qatar, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on El Tri. It has to be noted that Honduras attacker Romell Quioto misses the match with injury, with veteran Jerry Bengtson likely to step up.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan dos Santos):
While playing at a youth tournament in France, Jonathan Dos Santos was spotted by FC Barcelona scouts, who were delighted with what they saw. The Barca chiefs decided to bring Jonathan and his brother Giovani to La Masia, with both passing the trial.
The Mexican midfielder, who was born in Monterrey on April 26, 1990, scored 6 goals in 81 appearances for Barcelona B from 2009 to 2012, but he played no more than 14 games for the senior team in the Spanish top flight. On July 9, 2014 Jonathan dos Santos moved to Villareal and he scored his first La Liga goal in December against Deportivo La Coruna.
The Mexico international played an important role at Villarreal until 2017 when he decided to sign a contract with MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy. The biggest success of his career, though, is winning the UEFA Champions League title in the 2010/2011 season with Barca. Unlike his brother, Jonathan’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Honduras):
Honduras are a national football team from Central America that qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time in 1982. Los Catrachos did well to share the spoils with hosts Spain at the showpiece tournament, but they eventually failed to book their place in the knockout stages.
Honduras participated at the 2010 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals as well, but they failed to impress at the tournaments in South Africa and Brazil. Winning of the 1981 CONCACAF Championship is undisputedly the team’s biggest success and it has to be noted that they finished the final round in top position in the standings, two points clear of El Salvador and three above Mexico.
Los Catrachos were beaten by Canada in the 1985 Gold Cup final, with the team finishing the 1991 tournament as runners-up as well. Wilson Palacios, who used to play for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City as regarded as one of the most notable footballers who represented Honduras national team on the international stage.