The United States team will face a stern test tonight as its attempts to stave off the high-powered attack of Honduras in the 8 p.m. semifinal of the World Youth Soccer Championships at RFK Stadium.
Canada will play Mexico in the 6 p.m. opening game of the doubleheader.
The U.S. team played below its potential in edging Bermuda, 2-1, Tuesday night at RFK. Coach Walt Chyzowych and his team watched Honduras whip an outnamed Netherlands Antilles, 8-1, in another quarterfinal match.
The U.S. has allowed only two goals in five games in the tournament, while scoring 15. Its steady defense, led by captain sweeperback Bill McKeon and Mike Menendez, will have its hands full in marking the flashy Honduras strikers.
"A lot of teams that play under a Latin American-style inflence like to play with their backs to the net and then turn in toward the goal and take advantage of the defender with quick shots," said McKeon.
The Americans had several chances to blow open the Bermuda game early in each half but didn't make the best of seemingly easy scoring chances.
"If we create five scoring opportunities we must capitalize on two," said Chyzowych.
His young front line obviously missed the experience and scoring savvy of Columbia, Md., native Darryl Gee, recently signed by the New York Cosmos. Gee sustained a right ankle sprain in last week's win over El Salvador and sat out the last two games.