Skip to comments.U.S. men's soccer will face a depleted Honduras side in World Cup qualifier [ESPN 8:30 EDT]
Posted on 06/18/2013 4:32:24 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
SALT LAKE CITY -- On the surface, it seems that Honduras is more than just depleted for its game against the USA Tuesday, it's decimated.
It isn't just the number of players missing, it's the quality. Vital performers Boniek Garcia and Maynor Figueroa are injured, while hulking defender Victor Bernardez and defensive midfielder Luis Garrido are suspended.
If the forced absences weren't enough, forward Jerry Bengtson has left the team after a spat with manager Luis Fernando Suárez, following the coach's decision to bench the New England Revolution forward in the team's last qualifier against Jamaica.
While the U.S. may be quietly doing fist pumps and celebrating its good fortune, the team is understandably taking a more muted approach in public.
"It won't impact how we approach it at all," U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley told reporters before training Monday. "It's still Honduras and it's still 90 minutes to go out and try to win the game. As far as who plays for them, who doesn't, who's injured, who ends up being able to play, it doesn't change anything for us."
With the key absences, the Catrachos will be heavily reliant on some familiar faces to many U.S. national team members. Defender Matt Besler was a teammate of Roger Espinoza at Sporting Kansas City for four seasons before Espinoza was sold to Wigan.
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Now to the important question: where to watch online if one has ditched ESPN/cable? It's blocked on ESPN3 since I no longer have cable.
I’ve googled “whatever sporting event” + “streaming” in the past. Never followed through, though . . . some sites expect you to sign-up, and such. There’s gotta be something safe out there, though.
Check your PM.