It's been 26 years since Honduras last played in a World Cup, but the catrachos moved a step closer to the final CONCACAF hexagonal, defeating Jamaica 2-0 Wednesday night in San Pedro Sula.
One-time FC Dallas central midfielder Ramon Nunez, who scored a brace in a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Canada on the weekend, put the hosts in front on the hour mark. Toronto FC's Amado Guevara, who has been one of the most automatic in Major League Soccer from the penalty spot, buried a penalty in the 73rd minute to double the hosts' lead.
The Reggae Boyz, which featured Real Salt Lake veteran Andy Williams, who came off in the 55th minute, FC Dallas defender Shavar Thomas, who was booked in the 20th minute and Toronto FC defender Tyrone Marshall, are desperate for three points when they step back on the field Oct. 11 against Mexico.
In Group 3, Costa Rica joined the United States and Mexico with a perfect record after three CONCACAF qualifying matches. Looking to advance to the World Cup for a third consecutive time, Costa Rica made short work of Haiti, coming away with a 3-1 win in Port-au-Prince Wednesday night.
Bryan Ruiz scored a brace and Alejandro Alpizar added an insurance goal in the 86th minute. Chicago Fire fullback Gonzalo Segares played the entire 90 minutes and was booked in the 35th minute, while New England Revolution defender Gabriel Badilla remained on the substitute's bench for Costa Rica, which plays at winless Suriname and hosts Haiti when qualification continues next month.
El Salvador maintained its stranglehold on second place in Group 3 with a 2-0 victory at Suriname Wednesday in Paramaribo. Shawn Martin opened the scoring in the second minute and an own goal by Marlon Felter in the 12th minute doubled the Central Americans' lead.
El Salvador now has six points out of three matches and is comfortably in front of both Suriname and Haiti, who have one point apiece.
A combination of the United States' 3-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago at Toyota Park and Guatemala's 4-1 thrashing of Cuba in Guatemala City Wednesday night moved the Guatemalans into a second-place tie with the Soca Warriors in Group 1.
Leading the way for Guatemala was Toronto FC forward Carlos Ruiz, who struck for a brace, including one of three unanswered goals for the hosts after an even first half. Mario Rodriguez and Jose Contreras scored for Guatemala in the final five minutes to sink Cuba, which saw goal scorer Roberto Linares sent off with a straight red card by Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez in the 56th minute.
Dylan Butler is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.