The USMNT is in serious need of a win in San Jose.
The United States got off to a terrible start in 2018 World Cup qualifying, losing its opening two Hexagonal matches, which led to the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann. He’s been replaced by Bruce Arena, who is now tasked with leading the USMNT to victory over Honduras on Friday night.
Arena has been handed a tough early job due to injuries and suspensions in the American player pool. Striker Bobby Wood, do-everything wide man Fabian Johnson, and right back DeAndre Yedlin are all injured. Midfielder Jermaine Jones and right back Timothy Chandler are both suspended.
If all of the above sounds pretty grim and you’re looking for some good news for the USMNT: Clint Dempsey is back. He missed the Americans’ two October losses while getting treatment for a heart condition but has been cleared to play again.
Honduras isn’t in as rough a situation as the USMNT but does need some points on the road. They beat Trinidad and Tobago during its first set of games, but lost at home to Panama. If they’re going to get into the top four, they can’t just rely on picking up points in home games.
While the Americans should be able to dominate possession at home, Honduras is a good fast counter-attacking team, and the American defense will have to be on its toes.
Game time and how to watch, on TV and online
TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S. – English), UniMas, Univision USA (U.S. – Spanish), Canal 5 Televicentro (Honduras)
Match Date/Time: Friday, 10:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. local
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California
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