Preview: Seleção poised to stretch winning streak to five games
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men take on Honduras in Miami this Saturday as they continue making preparations for the first ever FIFA World Cup to be held in their country in 64 years.
The Samba giants are on a good run having won all of their last four matches. The 2002 World Cup winners have revelled under the second coming of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and upon his arrival in November last year, Brazil have just lost twice in the 17 matches they have played.
Preview: Los Catrachos ready to start the party in Kingston
Right now, the moral in the camp of La H is very high. They have one foot in Brazil as they need only a point from the match away to Jamaica to clinch World Cup qualification. If Mexico fails to defeat Costa Rica, Honduras would seal the third and final automatic spot in the Hexagonal even with the heaviest of defeats in Kingston.
With 14 points – three ahead of fourth-placed El Tri – and one match to go, Los Catrachos would only have themselves to blame should they miss out on the 2014 World Cup. Last week's clash in San Pedro against already-qualified Costa Rica was vital for Los Catrachos and they did not bottle their chances.
Preview: World Cup participants Costa Rica to make things hard for Los Catrachos
Honduran defender Victor Bernardez is anticipating a tense clash which will actually be the fourth game between both sides this year only. Mindful of how each of the past three meetings produced a 1-0 result, Bernardez told the press on Monday:
“It is going to be a difficult game. They are going to come in here wanting to beat us, but for me, this is a great opportunity to give everything to qualify.
“There is a united and mature group here.”
Preview: Los Catrachos poised to grab another win after the Mexico victory
Suddenly, it’s looking bright for Honduras in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Everything went their way, last Friday. Los Catrachos benefited from a goalless draw between Panama and Jamaica and made themselves a favour by beating Mexico 2-1.
Los Catrachos lost 2-0 to Panama in the first leg of this World Cup qualifier. This saw them extend their winless streak against Los Canaleros to 29 years. It should be a different story in Tegucigalpa. Honduras last played at this venue in June 2013. They got the better of Jamaica thanks to goals from Garcia and Rojas.
Preview: Another stalemate will not help Los Catrachos and El Tri
Who said heroes can’t fail? A couple of years ago, El Tri was enjoying a great period as rulers of the CONCACAF zone. After clinching the 2011 Gold Cup, the country’s U-23 side went on to conquer London by upsetting Brazil to clinch gold medals.
All these achievements suddenly seem to be far away. If Mexico want to cement their place in the group stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, they must start winning. As of now, they are third in the table with eight points, just above Honduras who currently qualify for a play-off clash against Oceania’s New Zealand.
The Mexicans have won only once in the Hexagonal. Their five other matches ended in draws. They know that their matches in September could completely convert their fears into confidence. Beating Honduras on Friday and USA next Tuesday would offer the Mexicans a massive 14 points.
Los Catrachos, meanwhile, have scored twice more goals than El Tri in the last round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. The visitors will be hoping to dismantle Mexico’s defence. However, the latter have also proven to be very tight at the back, allowing only a couple of goals in six games.
Mexico’s three home games in the Hex have all ended goalless. When they met Honduras in March 2013, they conceded a 2-0 lead within the last quarter of the game. The public at the Estadio Azteca may witness a close affair with perhaps very few goals.
Where to watch the match – live stream, start time, TV channels, live scores
Thirteen hosts cities across the United States welcome football fever this July. The CONCACAF Gold Cup is now the main attraction of every American soccer fan as the USMNT is favourite to claim the title.
The 2013 Gold Cup was initially composed of 12 teams placed in three tables. Group A had Mexico and also contained the likes of World Cup 2014 surprise prospects Panama. USA’s foes, Canada, completed this section with minnows Martinique. Both crashed out in the first round.
In Group B, Honduras were given a tough challenge to reaffirm their lost authority in the CONCACAF zone. Los Catrachos faced El Salvador, World Cup 2006 participants Trinidad and Tobago and tiny country Haiti.
Finally, Group C was composed of the hosts together with bitter political rivals Cuba. Costa Rica entered the competition as potential quarter-finalists but Belize failed to spring an upset in this four-team table. Each group winners and runners-up automatically reached the Last 8 and were joined by two of the three third-placed nations.
Since the Confederations Cup is over, the passion of CONCACAF football followers has hit a higher level. There is no way one can miss any of the action; you can watch absolutely all Gold Cup 2013 matches between July 7 and July 28. Bookmark this page and visit it regularly as LiveSoccerTV.com offers you important online and TV schedule updates throughout the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
CONCACAF Gold Cup 2013 Live Streaming and TV Listings: Semi-finals
Preview: USMNT clear favourites over Los Catrachos
Heading into the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann's side had won three of their previous three World Cup Qualification matches, giving his players a significant boost of confidence. With that streak, the German manager opted to bring in what some would consider a 'B' team for the Gold Cup.
B team or not, the USMNT has enjoyed a total of 16 goals, while only conceding three in the competition. Obviously Belize and Cuba did not offer them the greatest of challenges, but Honduras will certainly not lay down for the Americans.
Preview: Los Catrachos to suffer an upset?
The Haitians - who only lost 2-1 to Spain in a friendly game earlier this summer - might be boosted by the heroics of Martinique and Panama against Canada and Mexico respectively last Sunday. Likewise, Honduras might have learned a lot from yesterday’s upsets and they are expected to be prepared enough so as to avoid the Gold Cup 2013’s third giant-killing on the trot.
Los Catrachos clearly have the upper hand over their upcoming opponents. Both sides have met 15 times already with Les Grenadiers winning only four times and conceding 32 goals. They last clashed against each other almost exactly four years ago with Honduras claiming a 1-0 victory.
The public on Monday may be treated to a tight game and Haiti’s coach, Israel Blake Cantero, is not ruling out the possibility of creating a shock at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
“Our goal is to qualify for the next phase,” Cantero revealed during a pre-match interview with the press.
“We know that Honduras has a great advantage over us but we are prepared us for this match. Of course, it will be difficult.
“We are hoping to make a good tournament as we focus on discipline and tactical operation. We have to play with character and seriousness.”
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CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers – June 18: Preview
Whereas the Confederations Cup 2013 unfolds in Brazil with 2011 Gold Cup Mexico looking to bounce back from last Sunday’s loss to Italy in the group stages, four of CONCACAF’s other big nations will engage in 2014 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The matches in question are USA vs Honduras and Costa Rica vs Panama.
The U.S. Men’s National Team can enter Tuesday’s fixture full of confidence. Thanks to last week’s 2-0 win over Panama, the Americans hold the top spot in the Hexagonal with 10 points – two more than second-placed Costa Rica. The encounter at the Rio Tinto will be an engaging physical affair, according to Jurgen Klinsmann who was quoted as saying by Goal.com during a press conference on Monday:
"There will be a lot of battles on the field all over the place but we want to play our game, we want to be dominant hopefully on the field and take care of things the sooner the better."
A loss to Honduras in the first match of the Hexagonal had American fans wondering if the former German international was the right person for the job. The fear of potentially missing out on an opportunity to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil was a serious concern, but fortunately for Klinsmann, things have worked out in his favor.
Since that first defeat when Juan Garcia and Jerry Bengston had US fans worried, Clint Dempsey and co. have managed three victories and one draw. That lone draw came against Mexico in a scoreless draw in Mexico City.
Back to back victories over Jamaica and Panama now has the USA full of confidence, ahead of their match against Honduras, which could turn out to be a very important match.
Miami, Florida (June 9, 2013)
The 2014 Brasil CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers continue with three critical fixtures all scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
LiveSoccerTV.com offers you full TV and online streaming schedules for all three CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
Costa Rica, USA and Mexico are all locked on seven points but El Tri cannot relax too much knowing that they have played a game more than their other two rivals.
Panama have gone down to fourth with six points whereas Honduras are completely out of the qualification zone with four points from a possible twelve. While things are not looking good for Los Catrachos, the misery upon Jamaica is even worse. The latter continue to occupy the very last position in the group and a surprise appearance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil looks less and less likely.
There is so much at stake in each of the upcoming three CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Don't miss any of the CONCACAF live action this Tuesday evening.
CONCACAF Live World Cup Qualifiers TV Listings (US Only)
Miami Beach, Florida (June 6, 2013) – The 2014 CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers resume with all teams playing on Friday, June 7, 2013. beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Español and Telemundo will broadcast a match each to viewers in the United States. Live Soccer TV has live stream and TV schedule information available – not only for followers in USA but also around the globe.
After suffering defeat in the hands of Belgium in late March, USA clinched a morale-boosting win over Germany last Sunday. Then again, the victory came against a very weak German team. USA have conceded seven goals in their last two games which were international friendlies. Can the Americans improve on their defending abilities and beat a Jamaican side that fell 1-0 against Mexico lately?
Miami Beach, Florida (March 24, 2013) – The third round of fixtures in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers possesses the X factor with Mexico vs USA set to cap a great night of live soccer on TV come March 26, 2013. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) has live streaming and TV schedules info for the tree games in question. ESPN, Univision and beIN Sports will provide some relief to their followers in the United States but do not mix up the live listings.
Two of Tuesday’s three World Cup qualifying matches in the CONCACAF zone will take place simultaneously. At the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama will welcome Honduras. The hosts will be looking to snatch their first victory in the Fourth Round of the campaign. However, it will certainly be hard to deal with a team like Honduras. Los Catrachos successfully battled a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Mexico recently. Watch Panama vs Honduras live at 22:00 EST on beIN Sport en Español.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 20, 2013) – The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers resume this Friday in the CONCACAF zone. There will be three matches on Matchday 2 of the Fourth Round: Honduras vs Mexico, USA vs Costa Rica and Jamaica vs Panama. Check where to watch these matches live, or get live score updates with LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV).
Honduras finished the first round of fixtures on top of the other five teams in contention for Brazil 2014 tickets. After successfully overcoming the United States, Los Catrachos are coming for El Tri. Mexico stumbled to a goalless draw against Jamaica on Matchday 1 of the Fourth round. They will be hoping to find the net against Honduras on Friday. Honduras vs Mexico will kick off at 17:00 EST on Telemundo and Telemundo Deportes in the United States.
Mexico will be after all three points when they take on Honduras in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Olimpico de San Pedro Sula on Friday.
The Mexicans got the hexagonal round of the World Cup qualifiers underway with a frustrating goalless draw with Jamaica at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in February, and can't afford anymore slip-ups if…
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.
Honduras have only one option. They must win or curse luck. Heading into this 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier, Tuesday’s hosts seat two points behind Group C’s qualification zone. The team will need to find a scoring formula after failing to net a goal in previous matches against Panama and Canada.
In the absence of key players – namely goalkeeper Valladares and midfielders Espinoza and Palacios – Honduras will be looking to triumph. Their biggest strength could be the home crowd, better known for creating a hostile atmosphere against visitors.
Japan vs Egypt
The day begins with Group D winners Japan taking on African survivors Egypt at Old Trafford. The Japanese have one thing in mind: to emulate the women’s soccer team by reaching the semi-finals of the tournament at the London 2012 Olympics.
Meanwhile, Egypt left it late to qualify above Belarus and New Zealand in Group C. For one of these two teams – Japan and Egypt – London 2012 ends today. Watch this quarter-final match on BBC Olympics in UK or on NBC Olympic Soccer in USA. Check our Japan vs Egypt match page for more information on where to watch the game live depending on your location.
In Group A, three teams remain in contention for the quarter-finals. Great Britain lead the way with four points like Senegal while Uruguay are just behind with three points from a possible six.
African contenders Senegal exhibited their energy in a stunning 2-0 victory over Luis Suarez’s Uruguay last weekend. Expect the Senegalese to avoid defeat in the hands of the United Arab Emirates. The latter are going home, but which team will join them out of the London 2012 Olympic Men’s Soccer competition?
Great Britain have a foot in the quarter-finals. Even a point will do. Watch Great Britain vs Uruguay on CTV Olympics, RDS Olympiques or RDS 2 if you are in Canada. Home fans can watch this match on BBC HD, BBC Olympics and BBC Three.