It has been a long time since I did an episode of the “Know Your US MNT Opponent” series, so I thought to myelf, “why not bring it back for the big match with Honduras tomorrow?” HON deserves the recognition because they are a strong side – especially considering the fact that the nation’s total population doesn’t exceed that of New York City.
Honduras is a scrappy team though, and far better than they look on paper. Los Catrachos play with tenacity and a desire that can never be exceeded – only rivaled at best. After all, this is a country that once fought a “Football War” with El Salvador. They are #39 in the World Rankings, and they have recently been surging toward the FIFA Top 25.
The US won’t have a walk in the park against Honduras like they did against Grenada. Sure, HON only edged Haiti 1-0, but the scoreboard doesn’t reflect the fact that Honduras dominated the possession time and shots on goals statistics. The US was losing to HON @ one point in an early WCQ in Chicago, but the Yanks battled back to win 2-1 in a thriller.
Los Catrachos are led by Carlos Costly (who is currently plying his trade in Poland and scored the winner against Haiti); Carlos Pavon (formerly of Alexi’s LA Galaxy), and dangerous playmaker Amado Guevara (a former MLS MVP now up in the Great White North with the TFC Reds). These three exemplify the squad’s style too. And by that I mean…
Sometimes they look simply brilliant, but sometimes they are exceptionally sloppy. Hopefully, the US will see the latter team @ RFK tomorrow night. Now that you know Honduras, you should also know your Yanks. The team dominated last weekend thanks to great chemistry up top, so expect to see many of the same starters vs. HON.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Now with Benny Feilhaber!)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)