December 15, 2009
U.S. to face Central Americans Jan. 23
The U.S. Men's National Team will conclude its annual January training camp at The Home Depot Center with a match against CONCACAF foe and fellow World Cup finalist Honduras on Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. ET.
The match will be broadcast in English on Fox Soccer Channel, with Spanish language coverage to be determined. The camp will be the first preparation for this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.
“Obviously we know the quality of the Honduran team very well and we think the match is a great way to start the year as we commence preparations for the World Cup,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “With both teams working toward finalizing their rosters for South Africa, we expect it will be a very competitive game.”
Former Red Bulls/MetroStars midfielder Amado Guevara, who is with Toronto FC, is a member of the Honduras National Team.
The match will kick off an exciting year of soccer as the team focuses on the World Cup. The U.S., which has been drawn into Group C, will face England in the first match in Rustenberg, South Africa June 12. The Americans' second group match will take them to Johannesburg to take on Slovenia June 18, and they’ll finish group play against Algeria in Tshwane/Pretoria June 23..
Honduras will provide a stern if not a familiar test for the U.S.
The U.S. faced Honduras four times in 2009, winning all four games. The four matches tied a record for number of matches against one nation in a year for the U.S., matching 1973 when the U.S. faced Poland four times.
Two matches in qualifying against Honduras proved to be big American wins as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Soldier Field June 6 and also rallied to register a 3-2 victory in San Pedro Sula Oct. 10. The latter trriumph that clinched a spot in the World Cup. Honduras qualified with a 1-0 victory against El Salvador coupled with U.S. assistance from a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica on the final CONCACAF qualifying day.