To say that tensions are high around the United States after two straight disappointing results heading into tonight’s match at Honduras would probably be a significant understatement. The USA men’s national team began this World Cup qualifying window believing that nine points were achievable. Instead, they’ll be absolutely thrilled to get out with five and probably satisfied with three.
But a loss to Honduras tonight will leave them on just two points, no better than fifth and potentially as low as sixth. With 11 games still to play in this qualifying cycle there’s plenty of time to fix any problems, but the stress level will be much higher than anyone wants.
To make matters worse, Gregg Berhalter won’t have many of his first-choice players. In addition to health concerns that have left the USA without stars like Sergino Dest, Tim Weah and Gio Reyna, they are also missing Weston McKennie after he was sent back to Italy for violating Covid protocols.
Of course, the USA still has the talent to pull this out and have a 3-1-2 all-time record in Honduras during past World Cup qualifiers.
How to Watch
Match date/time: Wednesday, September 8, 7:30 PM PT
Venue: Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Available TV: CBS Sports Network (English), Universo (Spanish), Telemundo (Spanish)