With all the talk about Mexico and the United States, you would have no idea that Honduras are actually the defending champions of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, but they are, and those defending champions got off to a good start to this year's tournament Friday. Three different players scored for the Hondurans as they took down Panama 3-1 in the first Group B match of the tournament.
Eddie Hernandez kicked off the scoring when he was able to jump on a free ball in front of goal and knock it home 19 minutes into the match. Mario Martinez doubled Honduras' lead right after halftime when Panama failed to clear the ball, instead kicking the ball into Martinez's path. It left Martinez with just the goalkeeper to beat, and he did. Manuel Asprilla scored to bring Panama within one, but Alexander Lopez answered that goal in the waning minutes to give Honduras the 3-1 win.
Honduras will face their biggest test of the group stage on Sunday when they take on Mexico, while Panama will look to stay in contention for a spot at the Olympics with a win over Trinidad and Tobago.