The midfield battle will have a lot to do with who comes out on top on Tuesday, and at the top of the ticket in that battle will be the matchup between Roger Espinoza and Michael Bradley.
The big question for both teams, however, will be who partners their midfield dynamos.
For the U.S., Jermaine Jones will likely be back from injury to partner Bradley, but the standout play of Geoff Cameron, who played in the injured Jones’ place against Panama, will give U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann a tough decision.
For Honduras, normal starter and defensive-midfielder Luis Garrido will miss the match due to yellow-card accumulation.
In the first match between the U.S. and Honduras in February, Espinoza bossed the midfield the entire match and the U.S. was thoroughly dominated in possession.
If Jones returns to the lineup, as expected, Michael Bradley will likely be given the bulk of the defensive responsibilities against Espinoza. Bradley’s ability to mark Espinoza out of the game and limit his touches and effectiveness will be key to U.S. hopes of a win.