Honduras U23

Honduras U23 2-1 USA U23 result, summary, goals: CONCACAF Olympic qualifying

Paul Reidy


Honduras U23-USA U23

It's all over in Guadalajara and Honduras head to Tokyo 2020. Great performance from the Central American side. Obregon and Palma the heroes.

Later corner for the US. Poor header from the unmarked Johnny Cardoso. Goal kick for Honduras

Three minutes of added time and the ball is deep inside the US half.


Corner for the US as we enter stoppage time. 5' will be added


Into the final minute of normal time and it looks like Honduras will hang on to their lead.

Reyes again from distance for Honduras as Cardoso comes on for Lewis


Reyes almost jinks into the box but just unable to get a shot on target. Time running out for Jason Kreis' men now.


Goal hero against Costa Rica Ferreira has a pop from long range but drives wide.


Lewis somewhat at fault with that last chance with the striker failing to connect cleanly with the Tessmann delivery.

Fine cross from Tessmann and the ball breaks free and it's a white shirt that responds to clear the danger. Honduras defending deeply now as the US push.


All the action now in the Honduras half as the men in white defend deeply with the US probing and desperatley looking for an equaliser


Change for Honduras: Martinez and Pinto on for Palma and Obregon (both goal scorers)


The US push with a fine ball into the Honduras box buy Guity is alert and grabs the ball to avert the danger.


15' remain at the Estadio Jalisco. The US have been better since the goal but Honduras are also defending stoutly.

Water break here in Guadalajara. Honduras just 17 minutes away from a berth at Tokyo 2020.

Dotson off with Tessmann on for the striker.


Swap for Honduras as Nuñez comes on for Rivas.

Yueill to take and he forces a fine stop from Guity to save Honduras.

Lewis fouled right on the edge of the Honduras box and Melendez is carded for the foul.


Urgency now from the US side as the clock ticks down.


Rodriguez wins a dangerous free-kick just on the US box. Danger for the men in navy as Palma poised to strike. The No. 13 drives the ball high and wide with a poor delivery.

Decas the hero for Honduras with that last gasp header on the line.


The US go close with a goal bound header cleared by the men in white.


Honduras pressing now after the setback from the fine Yueill strike. 30 minutes remain at the Estadio Jalisco.

Game on in Guadalajara... From almost 3-0 and curtains, it's now 2-1 and the semi-final is very much alive !

Honduras 2-1 USA

Gooooooool ... Yuiell fires the US back into the game with a fine long range effort.

Honduras almost make it 3-0 as Reyes slides in and drives the ball wide. The US very exposed.

Honduras 2-0 USA

Herrera carded

Palma with the goal as he is alert to take advantage of the keeper's clearance.

Shocker from US keeper Ochoa.

Honduras make it 2-0

No changes for Honduras at the break with the pitch at the Estadio Jalisoco now covered in shadow offering some respite for the 22 players from the opressive 90F heat

Mihailovic is the man replacing the striker.

Saucedo is a half time switch for the US.

The teams are back on the pitch and the US will start the second half.

The late Honduras goal coming as a major blow for Jason Kreis' side with 45' now seperating Honduras and a place at Tokyo 2020.

The whistle sounds and it's a brief interval.

Obregon it was who steered the ball over the line. Rodriguez heading the ball into the Rio Grande Valley player who puts the Central American side ahead.

Gooooooool Honduras take the lead just ahead of the break

Kessler carded.

Rivas breaks but the flag is up as the Reggina striker moves towards the box.

We'll have 4 minutes of time added on


Play held up as a Honduras player goes to ground. Kessler lucky not to be carded for a body check on the striker.


A few Mexico fans starting to appear in the Estadio Jalisco now as the 'boo' the US side every time the men in navy are in possession. Mexico face Canada after this game in the same stadium.


Into the five minutes of action with the tempo of the game dropping ever so slightly as both teams feel the heat. Melendez looks very good on the Honduras right hand side.


Guity certainbly the quieter of the two stoppers.


Things very finely balanced here between both teams in Guadalajara and if anything the men from Honduras are ahead in terms of initiative and chances created.


Maldonado fouls and the US win a dangerous foul with Glad and Kessler in the box but the men in white manage to clear the danger.


Garcia takes a boot in the face as he aimed to clear the ball. The central defender gets to his feet and after a run with the magic sponge seems okay to carry on.


Honduras, once again opt for a long range strike and for the third time this evening, the ball is aimed straight at Ochoa in the US goal.


Rivas does well for Honduras but his effort is misplaced and the ball trickles across the US goal mouth. Time for a brief water break with the 90F plus temperatures.


Fine nutmeg from Mihailovic but his pass is overhit and gathered by the Honduras keeper.


Ochoa pulls off another save after a second long range effort from the Honduran side. The Central American side now starting to impose themselves with some neat short passing and moving.

Still 0-0 here in Guadalajara. Extra time and, if needed penalty kicks all a possibility tonight should both sides remain level after 90 and 120 minutes.


Ochoa called into action after fine build up play from Honduras as the ball falls to Rodriguez who unleashes a right footed effort.


The ball falls to Lewis once again and for the second time tonight the forward blazes wide.


Neither keeper has really been tested as we pass the 15' mark.

Misplaced passes very much the order of the day from both teams.


Kreis's side now starting to dominate possession as the ball falls to Lewis on the back post but the Colorado Rapids man blazes wide.


Yueill foiled and Vines to take for the US. Guity in the Honduras clears the danger and the US win the first corner of the evening. The Honduras stopper is on the ground and needs attention to a bang on the head after colliding with Glad.


The US just failing to get on the same page with misplaced passes and overhit balls the order of the day in the opening phase of the game.


Flag is up as Honduras almost pounce ... the US rear-guard caught napping and saved by the linesman despite the fine stop from Ochoa.

Melendez falls awkwardly and needs brief medical attention. The Montagua player seems okay to continue.


Vines gives the ball away cheaply and it's Honduras with the initial impetus.

So, 90 minutes separate both the US and Honduras from a place at Tokyo 2020. We're off and running in Guadalajara, Honduras start the action.

Honduras in their white shirts, white shorts ensemble tonight with the US in their all navy away kit.

Both sides stand for the national anthems of both nations.

We're just minutes away from kick-off in Guadalajara where a stifling hot temperature of 91F awaits both sides. There will be a cooling break for both teams during the game.


The inside of the Estadio Jalisco, Mexico's third biggest ground and home to Liga MX side CD Guadalajara.

Darixon Vuelto is Honduras' top scorer so far in the competition with his brace against Haiti. Minnesota United's Dotson leads the scoring charts for the US with his brace against the Dominican Republic coming as part of the comprehensive 4-0 win. Both players start on the bench tonight.

A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend tonight's game in Guadalajara with the stadium set to fill at the end of this game with local Mexico fans set to attend looking for "El Tri" to progress.

Both Mexico and the United States were the pre-tournament favourites to progress to Tokyo and both could still progress to the somewhat testimonial final that will be held on 30 March.

Tonight's semi-finals, ironically are finals !


The two Concacaf representatives will complete the 16 team roster of sides who will battle it out next summer in Tokyo with a gold medal the key objective.

The other semi-final in the quest to secure a place at Tokyo 2020 will take place between Group A winners Mexico and Group B runners-up Canada.

The Honduras side has qualified for the last three Olympic Games. Los Catrachos finished fourth at Rio 2016, falling to host nation Brazil in the semifinals.

The bulk of the Honduras U23 play their football domestically with a handful of exceptions. The same is true of the US side with the notable exceptions of Johnny Cardoso (Internacional of Brazil ) and Norwich City's Sebastian Soto.

A place at the Tokyo Olympics is at stake as Honduras Under-23s take on United States Under-23s in the first semi-final of the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.

The two finalists in the competition, which this year is being held in Mexico, qualify for the men’s football tournament at the Olympics, due to take place in July and August after being postponed from summer 2020 due to the coronavirus.

The US progressed from the first round to the semi-finals after finishing second to Mexico in Group A, while Honduras topped Group B ahead of Canada, who face the hosts in the other last-four clash.

and the Honduras XI

The USA side:

Let's bring you the teams ahead of tonight's action.



Honduras were table toppers in Group B and face the US who came second in Group A. Kick off at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara (Mexico) is at 00:00 CET (Mon 29th).

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from Guadalajara as Honduras and the United States U23 sides battle for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.