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As the situation at the top of the Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers standings tightens, the United States Men’s National Soccer Team faces a near inescapable situation against Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday evening.
After Sunday’s result in Hamilton, Ont., Canada took control of the qualifying standings, four points ahead of the USMNT and Mexico, each with 18 points in 10 games played. Panama is in fourth place with 17 points and Costa Rica is fifth with 13. El Salvador (nine), Jamaica (seven) and Honduras (three) complete the “Octagonal” standings. The top three teams automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, while the fourth-placed team must take part in an intercontinental qualifier.
What makes Wednesday’s qualification urgent for the USMNT is what awaits us in the final qualifying round. Road games against Mexico (March 24) and Costa Rica (March 30) sandwich a home game against Panama (March 27) in Orlando, Florida. All three teams are in the thick of the chase for the coveted top three World Cup qualifying spots, and the USMNT has never won a World Cup qualifier in Mexico or Costa Rica.
The USMNT will be without two key players against Honduras. Central midfielder Tyler Adams (hamstring injury) and defender Chris Richards (ankle injury) will miss Wednesday night’s game. Adams, who has captained the USMNT in six of its 10 playoffs, is the team’s key engine room conductor. Expect Kellyn Acosta, who replaced Adams in the 69th minute on Sunday, and Walker Zimmerman, who started alongside Richards in the win over El Salvador on Thursday, to slip into the starting XI against Honduras.
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Here’s everything you need to know for Wednesday’s game:
When is the USMNT-Honduras World Cup qualifier?
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 2 at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of Minnesota United of Major League Soccer.
How can I watch the USMNT World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras?
FS1 will broadcast the game, with streaming available at Foxsports.com/live. Spanish broadcast available on Univision and TUDN. The game is also available on fuboTV.
Which players are on the USMNT and Honduras rosters?
Guardians (4): Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire FC), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/England), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
Defenders (9): Reggie Cannon (Boavista/Portugal), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/Spain), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United), Mark McKenzie (Genk/Belgium), Chris Richards* (Hoffenheim/Germany), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), DeAndre Yedlin (Unattached), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders (7): Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Tyler Adams* (RB Leipzig/Germany), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/Netherlands), Sebastian Lletget (New England Revolution), Weston McKennie (Juventus/Italy), Yunus Musah (Valencia/Spain ), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)
Forwards (8): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/Austria), Paul Arriola (FC Dallas), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg/Germany), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/England), Tim Weah ( Lille/France), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)
* Adams and Richards will miss Wednesday’s World Cup qualifying.
List of Honduras
Guardians (3): Luis Lopez (Real Spain), Roberto Lopez (Vida) Edrick Menjívar (Olympia)
Defenders (9): Omar Elvir (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (unattached), Franklin Flores (Real Espana), Devron Garcia (Real Espana), Denil Maldonado (Motagua); Wisdom Quaye (Real Espana), Diego Rodriguez (Motagua), Raul Santos (Motagua), Allans Vargas (Real Espana)
Midfielders (8): Bryan Acosta (Colorado Rapids/USA), Jorge Alvarez (Olympia), Kervin Arriaga (Marathón), Ivan Lopez (Motagua), Kevin Lopez (Comunicaciones), Alfredo Mejia (Levadiakos), Edwin Rodríguez (Olympia), Cristian Sacaza (Honduras Progreso )
Forwards (6): Alberth Elis (Bordeaux/France), Anthony Lozano (Cadiz/Spain), Brayan Moya (Olympia), Romell Quioto (CF Montreal/Canada), Bryan Rochez (Nacional/Portugal), Jonathan Toro (Academica/Portugal)