September 2, 2011
U.S. to face Honduras in Miami
CHICAGO– Jurgen Klinsmann is getting plenty of chances to test the United States National Team talent pool very early in his tenure as coach. The U.S. has added another international friendly against Honduras on Saturday, Oct. 8 (6:00 pm ET FSC/Univision), at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla.
The game will be the fourth in less than two months for the U.S. under its new head coach.
“Honduras is a team that we may see in World Cup qualifying, so this is a very good opportunity for our players,” said Klinsmann. “Honduras is a skillful team, and you could see their quality in the last World Cup. These are important experiences for our team as we prepare for next summer.”
The U.S. holds an 11-3-3 advantage in the series dating back to 1965. The teams have played several memorable matches, including the USA’s stunning 3-2 victory on Oct. 10, 2009, in San Pedro Sula that sealed their place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, the United States earned a dramatic 2-2 draw against Costa Rica that delivered Honduras a spot in South Africa.
Honduras has twice qualified for the World Cup, and remains one of the strongest teams in the region. The Catrachos were semifinalists in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing out to eventual champions Mexico.
The U.S. returns to South Florida for the first time since 2004 and makes their first appearance at Sun Life Stadium since Feb. 21, 1998, a 2-0 loss to Holland. Holding a 3-10-4 record in Miami, the USA’s last visit resulted in a 1-1 draw on March 13, 2004, against Haiti.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies on the international fixture dates in September, hosting Costa Rica on Sept. 2 (11:00 pm ET) at The Home Depot Center before traveling to face Belgium on Sept. 6 (2:30pm ET) in Brussels.