After showing their dominance during the first two rounds since advancing from Group Play in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico will look to again show why they are the favorites to hoist the hardware when they go up against underdog Honduras on Wednesday.
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:00 P.M.
Venue: Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas
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Gold Cup Semi Final Preview and Prediction
Mexico has outscored its opponents 16-2 throughout the tournament, and most likely will not let up in their semifinal match against Honduras.
El tri has looked terrific with tourney leader, Javier Hernandez scoring plenty of goals thus far with six, as well as Rafael Marquez (1) and Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovani Dos Santos (2) leading the way to their dominating performance.
Honduras has proven to be a resilient team, losing to just one team, Jamaica, who was considered the class of the pool going into the tournament. The team has some of the best work ethic in the entire international arena, and with talented players like Wilson Palacios and Hendry Thomas, they have the skills to back it up.
However, Honduras will have the likely Golden Boot of the tournament to defend in Hernandez, and it is highly unlikely they will be able to hold him off for long. If they think they can win this game in a defensive struggle, they are mistaken, and must put up goals, and they must do it fast and often.
Honduras’ chances to get this game into penalty kicks are as dim ever, and will have to put up points in regulation match time.
Los Catrachos has only scored more than one goal once, and that was a 7-1 victory against lowly Grenada, perhaps the laughing stock of this entire tournament. The fact that they even allowed a single goal against the Grenadians shows that their defense can be broken by even the worst offense in the tournament.
The side barely got this far in the tournament, with just four points in group play, and since advancing needed penalty kicks to move forward to the semifinals round against Costa Rica in their 1-1 quarterfinals’ victory.
Mexico on the other hand has been the most scorching its opponents, and if the Hondurans want to win this one, they will have to throw Mexico’s way to counter their lethal offensive squad.
Matt’s Free Prediction: Take Mexico – Honduras has shown its resilience throughout this tournament, but this contest seems to be too much of a mismatch for them. El tri will to dominate early, and with their world-class scorers, should create a hole to large for Honduras to crawl out of, let alone overcome. Mexico has shown that they are serious contenders against any competition since bowing out in the early quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and they don’t look to be letting up any time soon.