PORT SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago.- Both Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras are looking for their first victory in Group C of the Nations League when they meet Thursday at Hasley Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
For the hosts, it was a pair of stalemates against Martinique in September, with each team earning two points but failing to separate from each other in the opening rounds.
Positive performances from forward Ryan Telfer, including the second goal of the contest, earned the Canada-based player a recall, with fellow CPL forward Akeem Garcia also included and looking for his first cap since 2015.
Honduras has a few new faces as well but manager Fabian Coito can lean on the experience of defenders Maynor Figueroa and Emilio Izaguirre, plus midfielders Luis Garrido and Bryan Acosta, all of whom have at least 40 caps.
Alberth Elis scored the winner last time these teams played in Trinidad, a 2-1 win for Los Catrachos in 2018 World Cup qualification.
While the crowd in Port of Spain will be supporting the home side, the home-field advantage hasn’t always been felt strongly against Honduras.
In five all-time meetings between the teams in Trinidad, Honduras has never lost, with three draws and two wins for the Central Americans.
Dennis Lawrence and his men will be eager to flip the script, but Honduras will want to start the CNL off right - a situation that should lead to a hard-fought game.