PHOENIX, Arizona – As Honduras begins to shift its focus to the quarterfinals in Phoenix, the Catrachos can take comfort in the fact that they are already outscoring some of their predecessors when it comes to goals.
Despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Qatar in the final Group D match, Honduras managed to score seven goals during the group stage.
Only twice in the history of the Gold Cup, the Honduran national team has scored more goals in a group stage. In the inaugural edition of the tournament in 1991, when Honduras reached its only final of the tournament, the Catrachos racked up 10 goals during the group stage.
Sixteen years later, in 2007, Honduras scored nine goals during the group stage, while in 2011 they scored seven goals in the group stage, matching this year’s total.
In the 2011 tournament, Honduras finished the Gold Cup with eight goals by reaching the semifinals. Since then, the highest number of goals by a Honduran team in a Gold Cup was in 2019 with six touchdowns when they finished in the group stage.
Under the direction of coach Fabián Coito, it’s a different story in the 2021 tournament. The Central Americans scored four goals in a resounding 4-0 win to open the tournament against Granada, followed by another three goals in the thrilling 3-3 win. 2 over its regional rivals Panama.
That scoring form bodes well for Honduras to face Mexico in the quarterfinals.
The Honduras national team is also spreading the wealth when it comes to their attack. Romell Quioto leads the group with three goals so far in the tournament, but players like Jerry Bengtson, Edwin Solano, Johnny Leveron and Alexander López have contributed as well.
Needless to say, even with some injuries plaguing the team today, Honduras has the attacking weapons to aim for its 12-goal Gold Cup record mark that it set in the 1991 tournament.
It would be even sweeter to break that mark by doing so in the second appearance in the country’s Gold Cup final.
This article was taken in its entirety from the official Concacaf site.