Canada are through to the quarter-finals of the Gold Cup. A 0-0 draw against Honduras secured second place in Group A for Octavio Zambrano’s team, meaning they will face the runner-up in Group C on Thursday at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Jamaica currently occupy that berth. They play El Salvador, who are a point behind them, on Sunday. Canada will avoid Mexico as long as they beat winless Curacao.
Zambrano pushed Marcel de Jong forward into a left-wing position for this final group-stage clash against the Hondurans to give Alphonso Davies a rest. Manjrekar James, Patrice Bernier and Lucas Cavallini also came into or returned to the starting lineup.
Canada made a strong start to the game and De Jong was involved heavily despite his unfamiliar role, with no fewer than three chances falling to the Vancouver Whitecaps player. The best of them was a volley that rebounded off the post.
Honduras came into the game late in the first half and would continue to create chances in the second. A combination of last-ditch defending - Sam Adekugbe made one vital interception in the box to deny a likely goal and Steven Vitoria got in the way of a goal-bound shot - and the usual heroics from Milan Borjan kept the Central American side off the scoresheet.
Canada had chances of their own, with Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio forcing the Honduras goalkeeper into an excellent save shortly after coming on as a substitute.
In the end, a draw was enough for both teams to advance as Honduras are guaranteed to finish as the highest-ranked third-place team.