United States vs. Honduras, 7 p.m. ET
Mexico vs. Panama, 10 p.m.
TV: Fox Soccer, UniMas.
At stake: Berths in the championship match Sunday at Chicago’s Soldier Field (4 p.m. ET, Fox main channel, Univision, foxsoccer2go.com, univisiondeportes.com)
Associated Press preview from Dallas
The Americans have won a team-record nine straight since a 4-2 friendly loss to Belgium on May 29 in Cleveland:
at Jamaica, 2-1
Costa Rica, 1-0
El Salvador, 5-1
Goal difference: 31-7
*American striker Jozy Altidore made his Sunderland debut in Hong Kong today, assisting on one goal and playing 74 minutes in a 3-1 victory over Tottenham.
*Two Premier League clubs face MLS sides tonight: Stoke City at Houston Dynamo and Norwich City at Portland Timbers.
*In case you missed the premiere last night, the HBO “Real Sports” story about alleged employment bias by Chivas USA will appear again tonight on HBO2 at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, Saturday at 11 a.m. on HBO and become available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO starting Monday.
MLS declined an on-camera interview but did issue this statement:
“Major League Soccer has zero tolerance for discrimination or prejudice of any kind and is committed to diversity and fairness,” Commissioner Don Garber said. “We are proud of our record in those areas and expect our owners and clubs to live up to the League’s high standards. Although the allegations in this lawsuit raise serious issues, it would not be appropriate for us to say anything more while the litigation is ongoing.”
Before the lawsuit was filed, my repeated requests for comment from Garber about Chivas USA’s actions were ignored. So now the league will hide behind the case’s legal status.
*The Richmond Kickers completed a fruitful western swing with a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps reserves, stretching its USL Pro unbeaten streak to 20 (12-0-8) and overall undefeated run to 22 (13-0-9). The Kickers took seven of a possible nine points on the trip and will host Tampa Bay on Sunday at City Stadium.
Conor Shanosky, one of four D.C. United loaners in the starting lineup, scored in the second half. Collin Martin, who signed a homegrown contract two weeks ago with DCU, made his pro debut.
*Half the teams in the eight-sided NWSL will qualify for the playoffs, but with a month remaining in the regular season, the Washington Spirit (1-11-4) has been eliminated from contention. A combination of results over the weekend, including Washington’s ninth loss in 10 matches, ended the competitive portion of the dreary campaign.
The Spirit will play four of its final six games at Maryland SoccerPlex, beginning Saturday night against the Boston Breakers. Attendance has been one of the very few bright spots this summer: an average of 3,771 — fourth highest in the league. In preseason, owner Bill Lynch estimated he needed to draw 3,000 per game for financial sustainability.
*Tickets for the U.S. women’s national team friendly against Mexico on Sept. 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington go on sale this week. Prices start at $22.