The Reggae Boyz of Jamaica will take on Los Catrachos of Honduras in a friendly international on February 16th at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. This is the first time that both teams are facing each other since October 2013 in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers where Jamaica drew 2-2 against them at the National Stadium in Kingston.
The last time that both teams faced each other in a friendly came in 2011 where Honduras won 2-1. Demar Phillips scored the goal for the Jamaicans on that occasion.
Jamaica’s last victory over Honduras came in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup where Jamaica won 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Ryan Johnson.
Both teams will be using this game in preparation for big things ahead. Honduras will be using this game in preparation for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers in March where they will play against USA and Costa Rica. While Jamaica on the other hand will be using this game to continue their preparation for the semi-finals of the Caribbean Cup as well as the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Honduras will be oozing with confidence going into this match against Jamaica because they are now the Champions of Central America and they have booked a spot in the 2017 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In the 2017 Copa Centroamericana they won 4 of their 5 games to win their first title since 2011.
A player that helped Honduras on their way to the title was Eddie Hernández. Hernandez scored 3 goals in the tournament and assisted two to help Honduras win the title. The 25 year old Deportes Tolima has 6 goals in 16 appearances for his country and he will be hoping to continue his good finishing.
Alongside him Jorge Claros is another one to watch vs the Jamaicans. The 31 year old defensive midfielder won the Golden Ball at the Copa Centroamericana. He is known for his tough tackling and long range passing which gives Honduras another dimension.
Over on the Jamaican side, despite the 1-0 loss to the United States, the Reggae Boyz showed signs of encouragement with their resolute defending and their pace while attacking.
25 year old 6’4 inch forward Cory Burke is one to watch for the Jamaicans. The Bethlehem Steel has 2 goals in 4 appearances for Jamaica and he will be looking to add to this tally against Honduras. Not only does he add an aerial presence from set pieces. But he also is robust on and off the ball in creating more space for his teammates to run in to.
33 year old Je-Vaughn Watson is another one to watch for the Jamaicans. This hardworking midfielder is known for his versatility, mobility and good work rate. He is guaranteed to be on his toes for 90 minutes for Jamaica.
The last time both teams met on US soil in a friendly match came in 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia where the game ended 0-0.