Gold Cup Semifinal: USA vs. Honduras

In CONCACAF Gold Cup, Football on July 20, 2009 at 17:10

By Joe,

USA and Honduras

The winner of this semifinal match between USA and Honduras will either meet Mexico or Costa Rica in the final. The host nation of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, qualified for the semifinals by beating Panama 2-1 in extra time, while Honduras narrowly defeated the Canadians to get into the last four of the tournament. USA are favorites to get into the final and Honduras stands in the way.

The two time defending champion of the CONCACAF Gold Cup have gone 57 games unbeaten and reached their fifth consecutive semifinals. USA will be defending this record as they host Honduras at the Chicago’s Soldier Field to compete for a spot in the final, next Sunday. USA had to come back from a goal down during half time to beat Panama from a late goal from Kyle Beckerman to take it to extra time. Coach Bob Bradley could be on the verge on calling some players up as their squad is now reduced to 17 when captain Jimmy Conrad went off with a concussion against Panama. Team USA could be without a captain on Thursday so Coach Bradley will have to choose careful in who to lead his team into the final.

Honduras beat Canada with a Walter Martinez penalty goal in the 36th minute of the first half. That was enough to secure the route to the final as a large crowd of Honduran supports came out in force to support their team despite the political turmoil at home. The Honduran team  were organized and disciplined throughout the match and that was enough to advance through to the semifinals for the first time since 2005. They will need to reproduce this form in order to reach the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Honduras will now have to prepare themselves for a showdown with USA as they know they are the underdogs in that match.USA are favorites to beat Honduras again. They have met already twice in a space of one month and USA were victorious in both occasions. An identical  result of last month World Cup qualifier match at Soldier Field Stadium 2-1 win would be a welcoming for the Americans. Honduras could take advantage of the improving inexperienced USA team, as it won’t be the same US team they met earlier on in the group stages. Team USA looks good enough to reach their third consecutive final and Betsson is offering 1.67 for USA to win.

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