Juan Carlos Obregon Jr put Los Catrachos in front right before the half-time whistle with a determined finish, scrambling the ball over the line with his knee.
Luis Palma doubled the Hondurans’ lead right on the other side of the break. The midfielder pounced on a slow clearance from his former club team-mate at Real Monarchs, US keeper David Ochoa, and his block ricocheted directly into the goal.
Jackson Yueill pulled a goal back for the US five minutes later with the goal of the day, a thunderbolt into the top corner from over 20 yards out, but it wasn’t enough for the Stars and Stripes, who miss out on the Olympics for the third consecutive time.
The winner between Mexico and Canada will be the 16th and final team to qualify for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament.