Here is everything you need to know about tonight’s game:
When: Kickoff is Friday, March 24th at 8:30 pm MST
Where: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California
How to Watch: FS1 or UniMas
Weather at Kickoff: Temperature will be in the mid-50’s with rain showers expected
Current Hexagonal Ranking: The USMNT comes into this one at the bottom of the table after two crushing defeats against Mexico and Costa Rica. With zero points, 1 goal scored, and 6 goals conceded the U.S. has a lot to improve on.
Honduras is currently sitting in 4th place in the Hex after a 1-0 home loss to Panama and 3-1 win on the road against Trinidad & Tobago.
All-Time Series: The two teams have squared off a total of 23 times in their history, with the most recent meeting being a 2-1 US victory in the 2015 Gold Cup opener. All time, the US has a 15-4-4 record against Honduras with 39 goals scored and 22 goals conceded.
In World Cup qualifying the U.S. enjoys a 5-2-1 record against Honduras while only losing once on home soil against “Los Catrachos.”
Players to Watch:
USA- Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund
Honduras- Alberth Elis, Houston Dynamo
The U.S. kicks off tonight in what will be a pivotal match against Honduras. While mathematically it is not a “must-win,” it is about as close to it as you can come. If the US does not get the full 3 points, things will get extremely dicey the rest of the way.
There has been some discussion this week around formation and tactics for the U.S. with rumors swirling that the U.S. will start the game with a 3 man back line. This is for two reasons:
1- The U.S. needs to score goals and win this game, so expect then to commit numbers forward. The longer this game goes without a goal, the more the U.S. will send waves forward.
2- Historically Honduras has played very conservatively against the United States when on American soil. Expect Honduras to play 5 defenders across their backline and bunker in. They will keep a combination of 2 to 3 wingers/forwards up top and try to hit the United States on the counter. If the U.S. commits too many men forward, or is caught sleeping on the break, they could find themselves stretched very thin against the speedy Honduranians.
Expect a tense and nervy affair tonight with so much on the line for both teams. If the U.S. cannot get out to an early lead every mis-step or mistake will be magnified and every tactical decision or substitution will be scrutinized. The Americans have all the talent necessary to beat Honduras and come out of the match with all 3 points, let’s hope the soccer Gods don’t get in the way of that tonight.