Root for Roger Espinoza to help Honduras to advance in the 2012 London Olympics (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
When the United States missed out on the men's version of Olympics soccer most thought that would mean that MLS interest in London would be down. It shouldn't be anymore. With the Seattle Sounders signing (still not quite final) Mario Martinez (CAM in Honduras' 4231), the New England Revolution having Jerry Bengtson (Forward), D.C. United with Andy Najar (LW) and Sporting Kansas City's Roger Espinoza (DM) there's plenty of reason to watch Japan and Honduras. These are also two decent teams. In a group that featured world power Spain it is nearly certain that both will go through. Morocco could edge its way in if Japan beats Honduras and Morocco beats Spain by more goals than Honduras scores (or something like that).
For Seattle Sounders fans there is a rooting interest in Honduras advancing as it keeps Espinoza out of the Open Cup Final. Sure, that will limit Martinez' time in training with Seattle, but a trophy should be a priority. It will also give Seattle fans a chance to get to know the skill set that their newest player brings to the game.
Today's match is live on MSNBC (Comcast 661 in Puget Sound) at 9AM.