Guardado Hopes Win Fuels Confidence

Andres Guardado does not want to lose on the road in qualifying any more, and hopes Saturday's victory helps reach that goal.
Following their 2-0 win over Costa Rica, Mexico now sit second on the Hexagonal table after two games. They are behind the United States (four points) and above third place Costa Rica who also have 3 points but are below Mexico based on the head-to-head record. According to Andres Guardado, being above the latest rivals will help the Mexican national team on Wednesday against Honduras.

“(We're) happy because we won three important points," Guardado said. "That helps us gain confidence. We’re going to Honduras with ambition to get the win so we don’t lose as visitors during qualifying.”  

Despite gaining an early lead with a goal by Omar Bravo in the 20th minute, Guardado said that they didn’t think right away that they had the win.  

“We were never sure of a win over Costa Rica. They were a good opponent. Whether the penalty was clear or not, we took advantage of it,” Guardado said, referencing the penalty given in the 52nd minute after Pardo was knocked in the area.

Guardado returned to international duty not too long after returning to his club after obtaining an injury in a game against Barcelona. The young midfielder left the field at the 79th minute as he works his way back to full strength and received a standing ovation from the Azteca crowd.  

“It felt very nice when the people cheered me off," Guardado said. "I thank them.”

Andrea Martinez,