Los Catrachos eked out a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica, with the former D.C. United star scoring the lone goal necessary to book a date with the United States in Dallas.BALTIMORE -- A short 40-minute drive on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway away from where Andy Najar emerged as a dynamic talent with D.C. United, the Honduras star notched another career landmark.
Najar, a D.C. United academy product who transferred over the winter to Belgian champion Anderlecht, scored his first international goal in front of a Honduras-heavy crowd at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday, and it was enough to have Honduras defeat Costa Rica 1-0 and book Los Catrachos' place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals.
Najar latched onto Alexander Lopez's cross in the 49th minute, glancing home off a diving header to provide Honduras with the goal necessary to prevent a USA-Costa Rica Group C rematch. Instead, it is Honduras that will face the USA in Dallas, with Mexico and Panama meeting in a Group A rematch in the other semifinal matchup.
Costa Rica had ample chances to get on the board, especially in the waning moments, with urgency setting in. Perhaps no chance was more gilt-edged than forward Alvaro Saborio's point-blank chance early in the first half. The typically sure-footed Real Salt Lake forward shanked his opportunity, though, and Los Ticos bowed out of the competition, ending their quest to reach the final for the first time since 2002.