USA soccer ready for Honduras Tuesday
Salt Lake City, UT — With three straight victories under its belt and a spot at the top of the table heading into the second half of the Hexagonal, the U.S. Men's National Team concludes a three-game set of qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when it hosts Honduras in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff at sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium is set for 7p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas. (Watch at Official U.S. Soccer Bars). Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
Coming off a comprehensive 2-0 win against Panama in front of a raucous crowd of 40,000 plus in Seattle, the U.S has 10 points from their first five matches (three on the road), posting three wins and three shutouts. Costa Rica and Mexico are tied on eight points, while the Mexicans have played one extra game.
The U.S. enters the match sporting a 24-match unbeaten run in qualifying at home, the 22-0-2 record dating back to 2001. The last loss on home soil came Sept. 1, 2001, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of today's visitors.
The U.S. vaulted to the top of the group with consecutive victories against Jamaica and Panama. Mexico has seen the vaunted fortress of Estadio Azteca become vulnerable as El Tri have only managed to produce three points from three straight scoreless draws at home. Ties are the new norm in the Final Round, already seven games having ended even with half the games completed. Costa Rica has put up two shutout victories at home and snatched two important points on the road. Honduras is batting .500 after five games, including a victory in the opening match of the Hexagonal against the United States. Panama, which started this trio of qualifiers in first place, has slipped off the pace after going scoreless in its last two matches. Jamaica has put their qualifying hopes in serious jeopardy with three consecutive losses, including two at home.