After an unexpected and disappointing home loss to Costa Rica, the United States men’s national team have their backs against the wall in World Cup qualifying. While technically not a must-win scenario on Matchday 8, a trip to San Pedro Sula is almost a must-not-lose if they want to clinch automatic qualification into the World Cup. A loss today would shoot Honduras past the U.S. by a full three points with only two matches remaining. The fourth spot, a trip to a two-legged playoff with AFC, still exists as a parachute for one CONCACAF team. However, the U.S. will want to do all they can to avoid relying on that.
Getting a result against Honduras heading into the final two matches, which are winnable for the U.S., would be a massive step towards redeeming the poor performance against Costa Rica. Bruce Arena has some difficult lineup choices to make with Jozy Altidore suspended and the short turnaround. He’s told the media that several changes would be made and that domestic players in midseason could be preferred.
This match will set up the final two matches and determine exactly how difficult the USA’s road to Russia really is. Pull off the away win and things get much easier. Come away with a point and you could still control your own destiny. Lose and you’re in big trouble. This is what World Cup qualifying is all about. It should be an intense affair, so buckle up.
United States Lineup:
Así sale Honduras ante Estados Unidos— DiarioSport Honduras (@diariosporthn) September 5, 2017
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