Honduras and Curacao (0-1-0, 0 points) didn't exactly start the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup the way that they wanted to. They lost their Group C openers to Jamaica and El Salvador, respectively, by a combined four goals. Honduras was able to put two goals on the board, while Curacao was held scoreless. Now both countries have to overcome the obstacle of one another as they both search for their first win in this year's tournament. This will be a tight game to watch.
Honduras vs. Curacao
When: Friday, June 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston)
TV: FS1 and Univision
Three Things to Watch
1. Honduras impressed against Jamaica
Despite losing 3-2 Honduras got off nine shots against Jamaica, stole the ball from them 27 times, edged them in possession( 54 vs. 46 percent), forced Jamaica to commit 14 fouls, had the advantage in corner kicks (4-2), and goalkeeper Luis Lopez had four saves aside from the three goals allowed. While the loss was disappointing, Honduras managed to give themselves something to work with down the line.
2. Curacao needs to display more energy
They only lost 1-0 in their opener to El Salvador, but the margin could have been larger. They were outshot by the Salvadorians (10-4) but they had the advantage in corner kicks (7-4), and possession percentage (51 vs. 49). But they also committed more fouls (24-14), they let El Salvador take the ball from them too many times (15), and picked up three yellow cards. Aside from cleaning up those smaller mistakes, Curacao needs to be more assertive and more aggressive.
Curacao has now been held scoreless in four straight Gold Cup matches and the country is still seeking its first Gold Cup win (0-4). Honduras, however, has lost two of its last four matches (1-2-1) but has managed to get on the scoreboard (5 goals). These teams will definitely have to outshoot one another in order to have a chance at winning this game.
Unless Curacao picks up the pace on offense, Honduras will be the ones walking away with the win and three points in the standings. Both teams need to cut down on mistakes and tighten things up on defense, but this will be a low-scoring affair.
Prediction: Honduras 2, Curacao 0
— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.