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Here is your US-Honduras pre-game primer
   February 6, 2013 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 4 PM Eastern on beIN Sport.

» US Soccer gives us all their game notes and factoids right here.  The US is 12-3-3 all-time against Honduras, including a 4-1-1 record in World Cup qualifiers.  And the US is 3-0-1 all-time in the first match of the Hex.  As for my own little nugget:  Landon Donovan has played in 22 of the last 24 USMNT Hex matches. The two he missed came in 2005 after a WC bid was already clinched.

» US Soccer’s youtube channel decided to post highlights from a bunch of US-Honduras games from the past, including a 2-1 win from March 2001, a 3-2 loss from September 2001 and a 3-2 win from October 2009.

» If you are out of the loop on Honduras’ roster, Jon Arnold does a good job breaking down their starters/roster right here.  Also on the site from yesterday, it looks like the USMNT centennial jerseys have leaked.  I am a fan.  I am also guessing they will wear them for the rumored friendlies against Germany and Belgium in May.

» Want some more previews on the match?  Here is one from Grant Wahl.  He is guessing this starting lineup:  Tim Howard; Timmy Chandler, Geoff Cameron, Carlos Bocanegra, Fabian Johnson; Danny Williams; Graham Zusi, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones; Clint Dempsey, Hérculez Gómez.  As for my guess, I think it will be the same, but replace Zusi with Jozy Altidore and they will be playing a 4-3-3.

» Want some even more links/stories?  The Shin Guardian has their official preview up.  Brian Straus looks at the “passing of the torch” as Landon Donovan is not here and Timothy Chandler will become cap tied.  Straus also looks at the craziness that is the road experience in the Hex.

» Really?  You want more links?  Noah Davis is in Honduras and talked to Geoff Cameron and Jozy Altidore on the difficulties of playing in Estadio Olimpico.  Cameron also thinks that his experience in the Premier League should help him deal with the rowdy crowd in Honduras.  Here are some more quotes on Chandler becoming cap tied.  And Maurice Edu thinks his move to Turkey is helping him stay in the USMNT mix.

» Paul Carr and the ESPN stat gurus ran some simulations on the whole Hex and they have the US coming in at third with a 61.6 percent chance of qualifying for the World Cup.  Doug McIntyre (ESPN Insider) does a roster breakdown, comparing the 2009 and 2013 teams.

» As for some non-Honduras news, it looks like FOX is grooming Gus Johnson to become their main announcer for soccer in time for the 2018 World Cup.  It might sound something like this.

And finally some predictions.  I am going with a 1-1 draw, while Howie is saying a 2-1 loss.

 
Categories: Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
 

14 Responses to “Here is your US-Honduras pre-game primer”

  1. Jon says:

    2-1 win here. I don’t know why, but the Hex has brought out the optimist in me.

  2. Kyle says:

    flippin ridiculous that Comcast in my area does not have beIN sport available yet. looks like i’ll have to be a pirate.

  3. Manny says:

    With Dempsey, Bradley, and Altidore being in good form I predict a 3-1 win for us. Our mid is solid/good enough and by the looks of it, so is this back line JK called in. As long as our players don’t let the pressure get to them they should win.

  4. Trent Hill says:

    3-1 is my prediction, also.

  5. 2tone says:

    I predict a 2-1 win for the U.S.

  6. Ian says:

    2-1 US Are you guys going to have a running commentary thread for the game?

  7. daniil says:

    2-2 Talented squads with guys who can put the biscuit in the basket
    Running commentary would be awesome, I have bein sport but I’m gonna be in class :D

  8. Mitch Malitz says:

    With the attitudes amongst the US camp right now and the difference in quality between the rosters, a 2-1 loss would be quite devastating. They’ll win this one

  9. Thursby says:

    I’ll settle for a draw, but expect a win. # ridingthefence

  10. Jerry says:

    While I am excited about the game, the whole Gus Johnson thing really pisses me off. Should just get Ray Hudson, dude could seriously develop a fan base with cross-over fans.

  11. mitch says:

    things I didn’t expect from the US performance after 57 minutes: Chandler is arguably the worst player on the pitch, and EJ one of the better ones. EJ is playing out wide and has been one of the more effective midfield players thus far. I expected the US to start the first half in the fashion that they eventually started the second half. so disappointed so far.

  12. mitch says:

    also our lack of possession inside the first 10-15 minutes… can only be described as disgusting. I was disgusted. The amount of respect we gave the Hondurans, you’d think we were playing Spain.

  13. mitch says:

    Clint and MB showed up to play, that much is for sure

  14. Trent Hill says:

    Clint and MB were serviceable, and not much more. Jones, Williams, and Chandler were awful.

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