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Honduras-United States: World Cup Qualifier Preview
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On Oct. 10, the United States will travel to the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in an important World Cup qualifier for both sides.

There were recent rumors that the match could be moved to a neutral venue because of the civil unrest in the Honduras capital of Tegucigalpa and the rest of the country, due to former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya sneaking back into the country and ending up in the Brazilian embassy, but FIFA and CONCACAF have decided that it is safe to play the match in Honduras.

The United States will be heading into this match as the leaders in CONCACAF with 16 points in eight matches, while Honduras are currently in the third and final spot in automatic qualification, as they have 13 points in eight matches, just one more point than Costa Rica, who are in fourth place and are trying to get an automatic bid for the World Cup.

Here is a preview of the match from both the Honduran and United States sides, and what each side must do in order to succeed.

 

Honduras

Despite the political unrest that has happened in their country, Honduras will still rightfully host this World Cup qualifier.

So far in World Cup qualification, Honduras started off slow, but after defeating Mexico in Round Three, Honduras has been great in World Cup qualifying and now finds itself just a win against the United States and a Costa Rica loss away from qualifying for their second ever World Cup, and their first World Cup since 1982.

In this match, Honduras must be ready to keep up their great recent form in World Cup qualification, as they have won three of their last four qualifiers, and they will need to play this well in order to qualify for the World Cup.

Honduras also need to continue to score as much as they can against the United States, as they have Carlos Pavon and Carlo Costly, who between them have 11 goals in World Cup qualifying and are the main cogs in the Honduran attack.

Finally, Honduras must live off the energy of the crowd at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, as it will definitely will be buzzing with energy after all of what has just happened with the government over the last several weeks, and this World Cup qualifier will allow these people to take a break from their lives and enjoy themselves.

If Honduras could do all of this against the United States, they will have a great chance of winning and getting another step closer to qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

 

United States

After winning their last two World Cup qualifiers over El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago, the United States will be looking to clinch a spot in the 2010 World Cup with a win over Honduras.

Currently, the United States are in first place in CONCACAF with 16 points, and with a win in this match or a draw against Costa Rica on Oct. 14, the United States will qualify for their sixth consecutive World Cup.

In this match, the United States will need to play strong on the road, as they have only won one World Cup qualifier on the road (which was a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in their last World Cup qualifier).

The United States will also need to score early on in this match, as the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano will be a very hostile environment on this night, and the United States will need to take the Honduran fans out of the match as soon as possible.

Finally, the United States defense must find a way to shut down both Pavon and Costly on the attack, as they both have combined for 11 goals so far in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

If the United States could do all of this, they will have a great chance of winning this match and advancing to their sixth consecutive World Cup.

 

Finally, expect a great World Cup qualifier on Oct. 10 between Honduras and the United States, as both of these teams need this win to qualify for the World Cup.

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