United States vs. Honduras: Everything You Need To Know

John D. HalloranContributor IIJune 17, 2013

The United States men’s national team takes on Honduras on Tuesday in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The match is the final game of the U.S.' recent three-game qualifier stretch and will be the last qualifier the team plays until September.

Here is everything you need to know about the match.


Where to Watch

The game kicks off at 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN, WatchESPN and Unimas.

If you can make it to Sandy, Utah for the game, there are still tickets available by going to www.USsoccer.com.

If you would like to watch the game with fellow USMNT fans in your area, check out this list of local chapter bars of the U.S. fan group, the American Outlaws.


The Environment

The game is being played in Sandy, Utah, which sits at an elevation of 4,500 feet above sea level. The Honduras team has been training at sea level in San Jose, California, while the USMNT has been in Utah since Thursday.

The crowd for the game will be considerably smaller than what the U.S. enjoyed last week in Seattle, but expect the more intimate atmosphere at Rio Tinto Stadium to be very boisterous.

Temperature at kickoff is expected to be 90 degrees according to Weather.com.


Form Guide

Honduras is currently in fourth place in the CONCACAF hexagonal with a record of 2-1-2 (win-loss-draw format) and seven points. The USMNT is on top of the hexagonal with 10 points from five games and a record of 3-1-1.

Only four points separate first place from fifth place in the group.

Honduras is on a bit of a slide in World Cup qualifying as of late, having lost two matches in a row to Panama and Costa Rica before beating Jamaica last week. The USMNT, on the other hand, has not lost since the opening game of the hexagonal, going 3-0-1 since losing to Honduras in San Pedro Sula in February.

If the U.S. can manage a win, it will virtually guarantee itself a place in the 2014 World Cup.


Roster News and Notes

For the USMNT, DaMarcus Beasley is the only notable absence. He will miss the match due to a yellow-card suspension. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann could elect to give Edgar Castillo the start at left-back in Beasley’s place, or slide Fabian Johnson into the position—Johnson has been playing as a left wing for the U.S. for the past three games.

Jermaine Jones, who suffered a concussion against Jamaica and missed the match against Panama, is expected to be available.

Jermaine Jones update: USSF spokesman says that Jones is expected to be available to play against Honduras. #usmnt

— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) June 16, 2013

Jones will likely get the start in the center of the U.S.’ midfield alongside Michael Bradley, although Geoff Cameron’s performance against Panama in Jones’ absence will give Klinsmann a bit of a selection headache.

For Honduras, things could not get much worse. First-choice center-back combination Victor Bernardez and Maynor Figueroa will both miss the match—Bernardez due to yellow-card accumulation, Figueroa due to injury.

Second-choice center-back Osman Chavez resumed training yesterday and may be able to play, but things are not looking so good for winger Oscar Boniek Garcia.

Good and bad news for Honduras: CB Osman Chavez resumed training; doctors still working on Boniek Garcia. http://t.co/YNy84cqmAj

— Paul Kennedy (@pkedit) June 16, 2013

The loss of Garcia will be a big one for Honduras, as his speed and skill with the ball on the flanks normally gives Honduras a major attacking threat.

And perhaps the most bizarre story regarding the lineups will be the absence of Honduran forward Jerry Bengtson. Early reports said that Bengtson, upset that he did not start Honduras’ last match against Jamaica, left the team to return to his club, the New England Revolution. However, his club later confirmed reportes state that the Honduran federation asked Bengtson to leave the team.

Either way, Honduras will be without Bengtson, who has 16 international goals in 33 appearances, when they face the U.S. on Tuesday.


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