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Previewing the USA-Honduras World Cup Qualifier

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterNovember 4, 2016

The Hex is halfway over, and the United States men’s national team finds itself in an excellent position. Through five matches, the Yanks top the final round of CONCACAF qualifying, and now comes a chance to move within striking distance of the World Cup.

Not to mention the minor issue of revenge.

The last time the U.S. and Honduras met, Honduras grabbed a deserved 2-1 win against Jurgen Klinsmann’s sloppy, disorganized team. Now, though, the situation seems reversed. Honduras’ squad is having problems, and the U.S. is on a roll.

That’s not to say it will be too easy. Several U.S. players—including captain Clint Dempsey and midfielder Michael Bradley—are in danger of picking up a one-game suspension due to yellow card accumulation, and DaMarcus Beasley will miss the game for that very reason. 

Honduras has a few headaches as well. Jerry Bengtson, who scored the winning goal against the U.S. in February, has left the team after a disagreement with his manager, per MLSSoccer.com. Winger Oscar Boniek Garcia is recovering from an injury, and defender Victor Bernardez and holding midfielder Luis Garrido are suspended.

So how will Tuesday’s match play out in Sandy, Utah, at 9 p.m. ET? Watch the video above as B/R’s Michael Cummings gives his preview, then be sure to add your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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