U.S. men’s national team updates

January 25, 2013

BeIN Sport, which holds the TV rights to all but one of the U.S. national team’s away matches in the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying, will carry the Feb. 6 opener against Honduras on both its English and Spanish channels, a spokesman told the Insider.

The match will take place on a Wednesday afternoon at 40,000-seat Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. ET, when the temperature in the lowland city will hover in the eighties with high humidity. The outlet will not offer streaming video online but plans to show replays on the two channels that night.

BeIN Sport, which launched in August, purchased the rights to all CONCACAF qualifiers, except Mexico’s home and away matches and the U.S. home games. The only U.S. away match not on beIN Sport is the Mexico City visit March 26. (ESPN networks and a standard Spanish channel will provide coverage.)

While DirecTV and DISH Network offer beIN Sport in both English and Spanish, the outlet has been slow to secure cable carriers: Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House, Advanced Cable and Liberty Cablevision in Puerto Rico. Availability varies by the local carrier.

Last year, in CONCACAF’s semifinal round, U.S. away matches were limited to pay-per-view and beIN Sport.

*Juergen Klinsmann plans to have 18 players in uniform for Tuesday’s friendly against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2), leaving out five, including a goalkeeper. The initial roster had 25 players, but Edson Buddle and Steven Beitashour were scratched because of knee and hernia injuries, respectively.

Canada will face Denmark on Saturday (3 p.m. ET, streaming video at sportsnet.ca) in Tucson before preparing for the United States. The Canadians have been training in Scottsdale, Ariz.

*Panama filled the 12th and final slot in this summer’s Gold Cup by defeating Guatemala, 3-1, in the Copa Centroamericana fifth-place match Friday in Costa Rica. CONCACAF announced this week that 13 U.S. venues would host the tournament.

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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