Despite an underwhelming performance to this point, the United States has been rewarded with perhaps the tamest opponent left.
All El Tri needs to do is beat Curacao. It held possession for the majority of the night but never got one past keeper Damian Hyatt.
On Sunday, Curacao will likely use that game as a blueprint and will sit back with several numbers back in the defense.
El Salvador returns to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2013 as they failed to advance out of the knockout round in 2015. They were comfortably beaten by Mexico on the opening matchday, though bounced back to beat Curaçao last time out.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio served the second of his six-game sideline suspension for berating an official. "I hadn't played the first two games".
"Our rival today had opportunities to score", Corona said. But it should have more than enough to overcome a Honduras still trying to convert its legitimate attacking talent into a more formidable foe. Yet, the scoreline stayed leveled throughout the match, showing a lack of chemistry creativity to link up the players in the midfield with the forwards.
Defending champion Mexico booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Sunday by blanking Curacao 2-0 and stretching their tournament win streak to eight straight games.
"Needless to say it is a very difficult situation", Osorio said.
"It's just the mental preparation, if you go out and think about altitude then we fail".
"We never felt like we were going to lose the game", Pompilio Paez said.
In the other match in Group C, Jamaica and El Salvador drew 1-1 in San Antonio with both sides joining Mexico in the quarter-finals.
Hernandez: It's all about developing more creativity and urgency in the attack.
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Coach of Jamaica men's national senior team Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore said that he was disappointed with how the team started the game.
A loss would condemn them to third place in the group, and a trip to face hosts the United States of America at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
The opportunity is there.