United States at Honduras World Cup Qualifier - Gamethread | EJ starts

Brad Evans trains prior to what could be the biggest match of his USMNT career - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Today's match is on BeIN sports with coverage starting at 12:30 and kickoff right about 1 PM. Connections to the Seattle Sounders are as strong as they've ever been for a World Cup Qualifier.

A road match in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying is about getting points. Either a win or a draw sets the United States up well for the rest of their journey to Brazil 2014. A loss does not do the damage many supporters think. It is important to remember that The Hex is like a mini-league where the top three teams go to the next World Cup and the fourth qualifies for a Playoff against the winner of Oceania.

Both sides of the ball have a many Sounders' connections. For the United States there are current Sounders Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans. While neither are starting both have a chance at getting some playing time. EJ's ability to play the left and of course as a great target man means that he can be inserted late earned the start, nominally on the left. He will look to take advantage in set-play situations. Evans' best chance is as a late sub to hold a lead or due to an injury at right back. Gomez also was once a Sounder.


Honduras has current Sounder Mario Martinez. Mario Mart is certain to start. Two players rumored to have drawn interest from Seattle are also on the roster though neither will start - Wilmer Crisanto (RB, rumor dead) and Jose David Velasquez Colon (CB, possible future trialist). Their squad ise a mix of MLS players, lower Euro leagues, some from Honduras and even a couple EPL players. It would not be going to far to refer to this as a potential Golden Era for the Central American nation.

The keys for the Americans are simple;

  1. Defend First
  2. Win the Midfield
  3. Be Opportunistic

    UPDATE: Leader was wrong. Gonzalez is in for Boca, our own Eddie Johnson is in for Zusi on the left, and Altidore is starting up top instead of Gomez.

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