Saturday kickaround: USA vs. Honduras, World Cup qualifying, Americans abroad, Virginia Cavaliers upset Maryland Terps

October 8, 2011

*Let’s try this again. Match #4 in the Juergen Klinsmann era takes place this evening in stormy Miami as the U.S. national soccer team (0-2-1 under its new head coach with one goal scored) plays Honduras at Sun Life Stadium. A small crowd and poor weather conditions are expected. Fox Soccer and Univision will provide live coverage, with kickoff set for a little after 6 p.m. ET. Will Bill Hamid, D.C. United’s 20-year-old goalkeeper, earn his first cap with a second half appearance? This is his third call-up under Klinsmann, and after this match, he’ll return to DCU and, consequently, miss the Ecuador friendly Tuesday at Red Bull Arena. (United plays Wednesday at Vancouver.)

*Most stunning result in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Friday? Bermuda 2, Trinidad & Tobago 1. Don’t chuckle too much, USA supporters. A 1-0 loss at Bermuda in 1991 cost coach Bob Gansler his job. ... In St. Lucia, United’s Dwayne De Rosario played 55 minutes of Canada’s 7-0 romp. The next qualifier is Tuesday vs. Puerto Rico in Toronto.

For Herculez Gomez video and Virginia’s upset of Maryland.....

*U.S. forward Herculez Gomez scored on a header on the final touch of the match during Tecos’ 3-2 loss to Monterrey in Mexico. (Fast forward to almost the end of this video to see his header.)

*Will Bates scored a superb goal in the 84th minute as Virginia upset previously unbeaten Maryland, 2-1. Read my match report, watch the UVA video package.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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