The United States men’s national team started the final round of World Cup qualifying in disappointing style, losing 2-1 at Honduras on Wednesday.
Naturally, the loss has led to plenty of panic and almost endless inquiries into the performances of the players and the leadership of manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
All the questioning is probably fair, but what does the loss mean for the U.S. team’s hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup?
Even with the loss, the U.S. still has nine matches left in qualifying, and five of those will be on home soil. The top three teams in the six-team “Hexagonal” group qualify for the World Cup, with the fourth-placed team competing for another spot against the top Oceania qualifier, which will almost certainly be New Zealand.
So is it really time to panic just yet? Or does the U.S. still have a good chance to qualify? Watch as B/R world football lead writer Michael Cummings discusses the Americans’ chances, and then be sure to add your thoughts in the comments below.