The U.S. men’s national soccer team will play CONCACAF rival Honduras on Oct. 8 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, the first of two friendlies in the international fixture window next month. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET. Fox Soccer Channel and Univision will provide coverage.
Aside from the match against the Catrachos, the Americans are tentatively set to play Ecuador three days later at a U.S. venue to be announced. Two games in mid-November are also in the planning stages.
The U.S. team is currently preparing for two matches: Friday night vs. Costa Rica in Carson, Calif., and next Tuesday against Belgium in Brussels.
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All six dates fall on the official FIFA calendar, meaning clubs are obligated to release requested players. However, in the case of friendlies, federations and clubs typically compromise.
The Americans haven’t played in Miami since 2004 (1-1 with Haiti) and haven’t appeared at Sun Life Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dolphins, since a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands in February 1998.
The Honduras meeting will undoubtedly draw attention to Andy Najar, D.C. United’s teenage midfielder who committed to the Catrachos this year and is likely to make his debut against Colombia on Saturday at Red Bull Arena. U.S. supporters held out hope he would wait for American eligibility. However, the 2010 MLS rookie of the year is still years from naturalization after living in Honduras most of his life. He attended Edison High School in Alexandria, Va., before signing a homegrown contract with United.