World Cup qualifier: U.S. vs. Honduras


Matchday at Rio Tinto Stadium (By Steven Goff — The Washington Post)

There are not many MLS backdrops as nice as the one framing Rio Tinto Stadium, nestled between I-15 and the base of the Wasatch Range south of Salt Lake City. Toronto offers a breathtaking view of the city skyline, pierced by the CN Tower. Downtown Seattle drapes the north end of CenturyLink Field. Off in the distance of Toyota Park, DSG Park and Crew Stadium, the city centers of Chicago, Denver and Columbus are stacks of Legos. Montreal’s Stade Saputo sits in the shadow of Olympic Tower. The most breathtaking? Hard to beat PPL Park, a battery at the base of the Commodore Barry Bridge linking Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Rio Tinto Stadium before an MLS match in 2012. (By Steven Goff — The Washington Post)

Matchday in the mountains — USA with a wonderful opportunity to set itself apart in CONCACAF and move to the brink of a World Cup berth before the treacherous September matches at Costa Rica and home against Mexico.

Kickoff: 9:06 p.m. ET.

TV: ESPN, UniMas, WatchESPN. (No ESPN3.com unless you are in the Pacific time zone.)

Lineups and subs about an hour before kickoff. Not expecting any major surprises from Juergen Klinsmann.

UPDATE:

USA: Howard; Evans, Gonzalez, Besler, F. Johnson; Bradley, Jones; Zusi, Dempsey, E. Johnson; Altidore. Subs: Guzan, Rimando, Parkhurst, Castillo, Goodson, Cameron, Beckerman, Davis, Kljestan, Holden, Corona, Boyd.

Honduras: Valladares; Velasquez, Montes, Izaguirre, Peralta; Espinoza, Claros, Najar, Palacios; M. Martinez, Costly. Subs: Escober, Hernandez, Chavez, Beckeles, Garcia, Peralta, Boniek Garcia, Leveron, Chavez, R. Martinez, Reyes, Rojas.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in our comments section. Enjoy the match!

 

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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