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;
- Defend First
- Win the Midfield
- Be Opportunistic
Am told lineup for the US against Honduras is: Howard; Chandler, Cameron, Bocanegra, Johnson; Williams, Jones, Bradley, Zusi; Dempsey, Gomez— LeanderLastNameNoFit (@LeanderOnFOX) February 6, 2013
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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