Canada defeated Honduras 1-0 after a 38th minute pinball-type goal that was eventually awarded to Orlando City's newly anointed MLS Rookie of the Year, Cyle Larin. That's right. It's the same Honduras that embarrassed Canada 8-1 in this exact round of 2014 World Cup qualifying back in 2012. That game started a 16-game winless streak for Canada through September 2014. Looks like the tides may be turned.
Originally Portland Timbers' Will Johnson was credited with the goal, but after replays, the tally was changed from one MLS player to another. New York Red Bulls defenseman Karl Ouimette started and played all 90 minutes for a defense who earned Canada's eighth clean sheet of 2015. They grabbed a very important three points at home. Canada will now have to travel to San Salvador to face an El Salvador team that was defeated 3-0 by Mexico on the other side of Group A. Ouimette earned his 13th cap for his national team.
Canada hasn't lost to El Salavador in their last three meetings. Granted, they were for the 2000 (qualifying), 2009 and 2013 Gold Cups played on US soil. You'd have to go all the way back to September 1997 (France World Cup 1998 qualifying) in order to find a Canada loss to El Salvador. That game was played in San Salvador as well.
Kemar Lawrence and Jamaica didn't have the same luck as Canada. They dropped a 2-0 decision to Panama in Kingston. Panama scored on a first half golazo free kick, then deflect a Panama cross into their own net to double the deficit. Lawrence also started and played all 90 minutes for the Reggae Boyz, but the team couldn't get into any sort of groove to mount a comeback.
The loss puts Jamaica into last place in their group, which saw a Roy Miller-less Costa Rica defeat Haiti 1-0. Jamaica will now have to travel to Haiti on Tuesday evening, which sets up to be an extremely important game since both sit with zero points after their first matches.