PREVIEW: UNITED STATES - HONDURAS
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
The United States national team camp concludes Saturday night with a friendly versus fellow CONCACAF nation Honduras at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Head coach Bob Bradley will be using this as an opportunity to possibly give seven uncapped players their first crack at international play.

However come the starting whistle, Bradley is likely to trot out a first 11 boasting of experience including midfielder Benny Feilhaber who is sure to pick up his 31st cap, the most of any of the players in this year's camp.

Other veterans such as goalkeeper Troy Perkins, defenders Jonathan Bornstein, Heath Pearce, Clarence Goodson and Jimmy Conrad are likely to anchor the back.

The midfield will see Feilhaber lead the way alongside other stalwarts such as Robbie Rogers, Sacha Klejstan and Kyle Beckerman.

Current YA Alejandro Bedoya of Swedish Allsvenskan club Írebro SK stands to have a good chance at seeing some playing time as do one-time call up and FC Dallas man Dax McCarty and the two Brads, Evans and Davis who play for the Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo respectively.

Up front World Cup qualifying hero Conor Casey may get a starting nod after his two goals versus the Catrachos that sealed the USMNT's spot in South Africa. Robbie Findley offers an intriguing possibility at striker as well after leading Real Salt Lake to the MLS Cup championship.

Two players who will be unable to take part are midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and forward Marcus Tracy who have left camp due to injury.

The 'Nats went undefeated versus the Central Americans in 2009 with four victories, two of which came in World Cup qualifying while the other two during the USMNT's run to the Gold Cup finals.

Honduras head coach Reinaldo Rueda has his squad in the World Cup for the first time since 1982, mainly thanks to Bornstein's whose last second header against Costa Rica in the final round of qualifying salvaged a 2-2 for the US and put the Catrachos in the finals.

The ever-familiar Carlos Pavon will lead the visitors' attack in front of what will likely be a solid contingent of Honduran fans in the stadium.
ICEMANofALFRED
Sunday January 24, 2010 4:54 am
One of the worst matches I've ever seen the US play... and I've followed the team now for over 35 years! ... Bob Bradley may not have had the first string, but he had this group together for weeks and this is the best they can do?

And after this mess ... what are we to make of the defense or the attack that this match was supposed to give us clues about? If Bradley could use multiple substitutes, and there was nothing else to prove... then why wait so long to make any sustitutions? Nothing for 25 minutes until the half then one at the half and the another 20 minutes and then Four? Someone please explain what Bradley was doing down two goals and a man ...but waiting so long to make changes? This was a mess and I can't wait to hear how the USSF try to spin it. Now next week we get to see if MLS is going to lock out these very same players... this is no way to get ready for a World Cup!
eurofan
Saturday January 23, 2010 11:13 pm
if this isn't a wake up call then i dont know what is...honduras showed class, defended, and scored goals. The US did not show absolutely nothing. How many times do we have to see Sasha, Marshall, Feilhber, Bornstein, Wynn and dare i say it Beckerman haha along with the other players that played in this match. This was Honduras, a team that also did not use they're usual starters except for 3 ...The only player and I do use that term lightly was Bedoya and Goodson. The Honduran side destroyed the defence apart, which reminded me when the US played against Mexico in the Gold Cup. The USA did not create any threat to the Honduran side, not one play made it passed the defence. I believe these players had theyre chance, and should not be in the world cup roster...while others should be given a chance. And let not the red card of Conrad be an excuse because even when he was on the field, they had no offensive play....
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