Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
Despite the fact that coach Juan Osorio rests first-team regulars at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico managed to book their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament. El Tri defeated the likes of Curacao and El Salvador in the group stages, while sharing the spoils with Jamaica and they are regarded as hot favourites to win Friday’s football match against Honduras. Edson Alvarez came from the bench and scored a late goal in the 2-0 win over Curacao and the 19-year-old footballer is pushing for a start. Honduras, on the other hand, advanced to the Gold Cup knockout stages thanks to a goalless draw against Canada in their final group game, but los Catrachos will have to be at their sharpest against Mexico if they are to make it to the semis of the tournament. El Tri rolled over Honduras in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers earlier this year and they are likely to record yet another win over Jorge Pinto’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Jesse Gonzalez):
Jesse Gonzales is a Mexican footballer who was born on May 25, 1995 in Edenton, North Carolina, United States of America. Gonzalez played for FC Dallas during his youth career and the goalkeeper made 17 league appearances for the senior team as well. In 2015 he was loaned to Pittsburg Riverhounds and it has to be noted that he played only one game for the club.
After ending his loan spell with Pittsburg he returned to FC Dallas, but he was in Chris Seitz’s shadow during the 2016 season. Jesse Gonzalez has seven caps for Mexico U20 team and he made one appearance for Mexico U23 team as well. Jess Gonzalez, who grew up in Texas, wears number 1 on his shirt.
Coach Jose Antonio Radilla helped Gonzalez make great progress during his youth career. The Mexican shoot-stopper has a deal with Dallas FC which expires on December 31, 2017.
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.