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A defeat against Honduras has the United States needing a victory on Friday night against Costa Rica. With Mexico next up on their schedule, anything other than the three points would be disappointing.
The United States will play their first World Cup Qualification match on home soil on Friday night when they welcome Costa Rica to Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. Their next match will be against Mexico, so failure to grab the full three points against Costa Rica could spell trouble for Jurgen Klinsmann's squad.
Since taking over as manager, Klinsmann has been criticized by many due to the lack of consistency and positive results. If his side is to turn things around on Friday night, they are going to have to do it without Tim Howard, Fabian Johnson, Edgar Castillo, Danny Williams and Jose Torres.
The United States and Honduras will kick off the next phase of World Cup Qualifying in San Pedro Sula on Wednesday.
The Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula will be electric on Wednesday as Honduras will play host to the United States in the first match of their Hexagonal. Top three teams in the group will get an automatic spot at the World Cup in 2014, held in Brazil, while the fourth placed team will have to play a two-leg elimination with the winner of the Oceania Confederation.
With Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama rounding out the group, the Americans will be expected to qualify. United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann will also be expecting his side to make it out of this six team bracket.
There is no English Premier League football for Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United this Saturday. However, there is still plenty to look forward to after a breath-taking transfer deadline day!
Andy Carroll is destined to make his debut for West Ham in the lunch-time kick-off against Fulham. The English striker will be eager to rekindle his career during his season-long loan at Upton Park.
The spotlight will also be on Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian signed for the Cottagers on the final day of the 2012 summer transfer window for a fee of £4M. A good display on Saturday would instantly reassure Fulham who let Clint Dempsey join Spurs on Friday.
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Ex-Fulham forward Brian McBride believes that Liverpool and USA striker Clint Dempsey would make a great match.
Brian McBride spoke to Goal.com this week as Clint Dempsey remains determined to leave Craven Cottage. The 29-year-old hit a personal record by scoring 23 goals for Fulham in 46 appearances last season.
According to transfer reports, no bid has been placed for Dempsey but Brian McBride claims that Liverpool could be the player’s perfect destination. He told Goal.com:
“If you’re asking me if I think Clint can succeed [at Liverpool]? For sure. He’s got not only the talent and the ability but he’s a very determined individual.
A first half goal by Clint Dempsey lifted the USA to a 1-0 win over Honduras on Saturday.
The game produced the first victory for USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann in his fourth attempt.
Things started slowly for the home side, and Honduras had the first goal scoring chance when Jerry Bengston raced clear but could not beat USA goalkeeper Tim Howard. Honduras continued to threaten, and in the 26th minute Howard saved well from Carlos Costly.
The USA responded well and took the lead nine minutes before half-time when Dempsey fired home from Brek Shea’s deflected cross.
After the interval Honduras pushed for an equalizer but were denied when Howard blocked a 52nd minute effort from Boniek Garcia.
With the 2011 Gold Cup fast approaching, USA are not ready to sacrifice much in their upcoming international friendly against world champions Spain.
Being questioned on the importance of the game, forward Clint Dempsey referred to the imminent tie as “just a friendly”, according to USATODAY.com. Both countries met in the 2009 South African Confederations Cup, but even though the Americans handed La Roja a historic defeat that put an end to the Europeans majestic unbeaten record, Dempsey asserted that shocking the Spanish this time around was not a huge priority.
“They are a great team and they are the world champions,” he admitted. “But our focus for that game is as preparation for the Gold Cup.”
Having confirmed that USA’s target was to emerge as CONCACAF champions, Dempsey reportedly went on to add: “Of course we want to win (against Spain), but we have more important games coming up.”
The 2010 FIFA World Cup’s match in the last 16 between USA and Ghana will certainly be a thrilling clash, as it will be a repeat of the bitter 2006 World Cup encounter which saw the Americans suffer an exit in Round 1 after a 2-1 loss to the Black Stars on the last day. As part of our coverage of the tournament in South Africa, Live Soccer TV looks at the heat in this game which is set to take place in Rustenburg on June 26.
USA-Ghana: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifications from Group C and Group D
How USA qualified from Group C
The United States shockingly topped Group C after outclassing favorites England. Bob Bradley’s boys held the Three Lions to a 1-1 draw on Day 1; in a game which has already transformed into one of the World Cup’s most remembered battles due to goalkeeper Green’s memorable gaff. This defensive and regrettable error from the English gifted USA with a point in their opening match, giving them confidence for the rest of their run in their group.
USA then met Slovenia, and on this occasion, the referee and his decisions turned against the Americans, as they were denied what should have been a fair goal within the time of action. Despite the disappointing controversy, USA still fought to secure a point subsequent to a 2-2 draw; but this meant that they had to win at any rate against the Algerians, as they were dangerously close to a consecutive Round 1 exit.