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USA vs Honduras: Americans Are Locks to Win World Cup Qualifier

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 11:  USA Teammates celebrate after Jozy Altidore #17 (far left) scored a goal in the 36th minute against Panama during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at CenturyLink Field on June 11, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. USA defeated Panama 2-0.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 17, 2013

Soccer fans will get their last look at the United States men's national team until September, as the Americans take on Honduras Tuesday in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

The Americans comfortably rest at the top of the hexagonal with 10 points and a 3-1-1 record while Honduras ranks fourth at 2-1-2 and seven points. That doesn't necessarily mean as much as you think, though, as only four points separate first and fifth place.

That said, the U.S. should be considered locks to win for numerous reasons.

For one, it's on their home turf.

The match will be played from Sandy, Utah, where the fans inside Rio Tinto Stadium will be amped for the home team. 

The home team has been stellar of late, going 3-0-1 since a loss to Honduras in San Pedro Sula back in February, highlighted by a 2-0 victory over Panama on June 11 in their last match. The first goal of that match notched star Jozy Altidore's second of the qualifier, which leads the club.

Honduras, on the other hand, is 1-2 in its last three matches. Prior to a 2-0 win over Jamaica on June 11, Honduras had dropped two matches in a row to Panama and Costa Rica. 

Los Catrachos' inconsistency throughout the CONCACAF qualifiers certainly gives the United States the edge, especially when you consider that the Americans can assure themselves of a 2014 World Cup appearance with a win on Tuesday night.

Perhaps the most convincing statistic is that the U.S. is undefeated in its last 25 World Cup qualifiers at home while Honduras will be without a slew of its key players, according to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.

All in all, there are just too many factors going against Los Catrachos, and with the U.S. playing arguably its best soccer under Jurgen Klinsmann, the Americans win easily on Tuesday night.

Be sure to catch all of Tuesday night's action, as the match begins at 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN.


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