Sunday, July 19, 2009

CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal #1: Canada 0-1 Honduras

This was reported in
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Walter Martinez helped Honduras temporarily put aside thoughts of the political turmoil in its country with a goal in the 36th minute of the first half to beat Canada 1-0 and advance into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal.

Honduras will play the United States on Thursday in Chicago.

Walter Martinez slots home the controversial penalty - Image from Associated Press

Zac Lee Rigg from had the privilege of rating the players on the pitch.

Greg Sutton 7
Showed some excellent shot-stopping ability to keep the score down.

Paul Staltieri 4.5
A shaky performance. Nearly gave away a penalty in the second minute for handling Medina, and then did concede one for the game's only goal, although that was was a tad harsh. Failed to offer anything going forward, and never looked comfortable in defense.

Dejan Jakovic 6

A composed, calming influence in the heart of Canada's defense, Jakovic's distribution was slightly off today.

Kevin Mckenna 6
Hit the post late on with a header that would have tied the game. Aside from picking up a yellow for dissent and that header, he was largely anonymous.

Michael Klukowski 7
Came into the game more and more, giving a bright performance down the left. His bursting runs up the flank were a valuable outlet for the Canucks.

Will Johnson 5

Wasted two of Canada's best chances before being hauled off for a more attacking option.

Patrice Bernier 5.5
Had a relatively quiet game. It was a crowded midfield, and Bernier was one who got lost in the pack.

Atiba Hutchinson 6
An active game, on both ends of the field. If his skill matched his physical ability, he'd be quite some player.

Julian De Guzman 8
That Canada has no one nearly as talented as De Guzman closer to the goal is the reason Gerba is so isolated up front. The most talented player on the pitch controlled the game and tempo, but was let down once he passed to a teammate.

Josh Simpson 6.5
Created Canada's best chances with some quality service from the left.

Ali Gerba 5
Didn't get even a glimpse of the ball as he was completely marked out of the game and given no service. Gerba didn't even see one of those half-chances he's been burying to bring Canada this far.

Jamie Peters 6
Was bright down the right upon coming on.

Simeon Jackson 5
Gave Canada another body in the box, but failed to convert his few chances.

Donis Slatiel Escober 8.5
Canada came up against a masterclass in goalkeeping. Escober pulled off a series of clutch, reflex saves that almost singlehandedly put Honduras into the semifinals.

Nery Medina 7
Was charged with keeping Simpson quiet and largely succeeded. Medina gave a thorough, tight man marking performance.

Osman Chavez 7
Large and in charge. Nothing got past Chavez in the air, and Gerba couldn't find any scraps from the tough defender.

Erick Morales 6
Solid and compact at the back. Helped Honduras' fierce and resolute defensive display.

Carlos Alberto Palacios 5
Solid at the back but frequently gave the ball away in attack. It helped that Canada only threw on an attacker down the right flank for the last twenty minutes.

Marvin Chavez 6
Showed nice touches and explosive acceleration when he did get on the ball. The problem was that those moments were all too rare.

Mariano Acevedo 6
A tidy and solid performance in the central midfield role.

Melvin Valladares 6
Brought the ball out of the midfield triumphantly at times, but most of his game was concentrated on keeping defensive shape as Canada controlled possession.

Roger Espinoza 6

Hardly showed himself aside from an early yellow card.

Carlos Costly 7
Performed the target man role well, bringing others into play and sliding others through. He struggled to find service most of the game, but did well with what he was given.

Walter Martinez 7.5
His pace made Honduras' best chances, and he was a thorn in Canada' side as long as he was on the pitch. His ranking would be higher for an excellent counterattacking display from the Honduras captain and scorer of the game winner, but he proved rather wasteful in front of the net, when clinical finishing would have given him at least a hat-trick.

Alan Lalin N/A
Jonny Palacios N/A

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