USA fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics after 2-1 loss to Honduras
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games fell short following a tough 2-1 loss to Honduras on Sunday evening in the semifinals of the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying
After conceding goals minutes apart on either side of the break, U.S. captain Jackson Yueill’s blast from distance got the USA back into the game in the 52nd minute. Despite a relentless attack over the final half hour, the U.S. could not find the equalizer.
While the USA held a slight edge in possession during the first half, a number of potentially promising spells often dissipated in the final third. Honduras was aggressive in the early going, attempting long-range shots that tested but did not get by U.S. goalkeeper David Ochoa.
Los Catrachos finally broke through late in first-half stoppage time as Juan Carlos Obregon redirected a ball across the goalmouth.
Looking for a spark, the USA inserted Sebastian Saucedo to start after the break, but the challenge became more difficult when Honduras’ Luis Palma capitalized on a misplayed pass to double the lead just two minutes into the second half.
Yueill reignited the USA’s hopes five minutes later with an audacious 25-yard rocket to the upper corner for his second goal of the tournament. The goal lifted the U.S. and swung momentum to the young Americans.
After U.S. midfielder Hassani Dotson drew a foul some 30 yards out, Yueill hit a free kick to the far left side that Jesus Ferreira headed back towards the middle. Winger Jonathan Lewis connected with a point-blank header on frame only to see his attempt headed out by Honduras defender Wesly Decas
Minutes later, Dotson again drew a free kick just outside the box. Yueill’s curling free kick around the wall was heading to the far inside post but Honduras goalkeeper Alex Barrios laid out to his left and made a finger-tip save to push the ball wide.
One of the best late U.S. chances came with five minutes left. Substitute Tanner Tessmann did well to create separation for himself on the left side of the box and whipped in a low cross that Lewis could not redirect towards goal from six yards out.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
HON– Juan Carlos Obregon (
HON– Luis Palma, 47th minute: Honduras jumped on an error as the second half started to double its lead. Pressuring the USA as it attempted to play out of the back, Palma jumped on an errant pass and deflected it into the goal. USA 0, HON 2
USA – Jackson Yueill (Andrés
– U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: March 28, 2021
Competition: Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Semifinal
Venue: Estadio Jalisco; Guadalajara, Mexico
Attendance: Limited attendance
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. local
Weather: 90 degrees; sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
HON 1 1 2
HON – Juan Carlos Obregon (Denil Maldonado) 45+4th minute
HON – Luis Palma 47
USA – Jackson Yueill (Andres Perea) 52
USA: 20-David Ochoa, 3-Henry Kessler, 4-Justen Glad, 6-Jackson Yueill (capt), 7-Jonathan Lewis (16-Jonny Cardoso, 88), 8-Djordje Mihailovic (10-Sebastian Saucedo, 46), 9-Jesús Ferreira, 13-Sam Vines, 15-Andrés Perea (19-Sebastian Soto, 62), 17-Aaron Herrera, 18-Hassani Dotson(11-Tanner Tessmann, 73)
Subs not used: 1-JT Marcinkowski, 12-Matt Freese, 2-Julian Araujo, 5-Mauricio Pineda, 14-Benji Michel
Head coach: Jason Kreis
HON: 1-Alex Barrios, 2-Denil Maldonado (capt), 3-Wesly Decas, 5-Cristopher Melendez, 7-Jose Reyes, 8-Edwin Rodriguez, 9-Juan Carlos Obregon (19-Douglas Martinez, 80), 10-Rigoberto Rivas (6-Jonathan Nuñez, 71), 13-Luis Palma (17-Jose Pinto, 80), 14-Joseph Rosales (11-Darixon Vuelto, 85), 16-Jose Garcia
Subs not used: 12-Michael Perello, 20-Carlos Argueta, 4-Carlos Melendez, 18-Enrique Facusse
Head coach: Miguel Falero
Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 8 / 14
Shots on Goal: 2 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 9 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 13
Offside: 1 / 6
USA – Henry Kessler (caution) 45+3rd minute
USA – Aaron Herrera (caution) 50
HON – Cristopher Melendez (caution) 67
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: David Moran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
4th Official: Fernando Espinosa (MEX)