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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.
Jurgen Klinsmann will be testing the strength and spirit of USA when he leads his men against Scotland in the first of a series of important games.
The former Germany coach named his final 23-man squad ahead of his three friendlies against Scotland, Brazil and USA, and also his two World Cup qualifying matches against Antigua & Bermuda and Guatemala.
Klinsmann initially called up 27 players at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando; but having now made his selection, the entire team is now heading to Jacksonville prior to their Scotland encounter on May 26 at EverBank Field.
For the USA manager, who won his last four international games, the Stars and Stripes can accept nothing other than good results in the Five-Game Tournament, which is supposed to mimic the pressure and consequences of a true tournament.
USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking for a much-needed victory when his team travel to face Slovenia on Tuesday.
The United States have won only one of six games played under Klinsmann’s guidance, and will be looking to boost morale before they begin their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.
This game is a rematch of a World Cup 2010 group stage game that finished in an entertaining 2-2 draw. Valter Birsa and Zlatan Ljubijankic put Slovenia 2-0 up during the first half in South Africa, before Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley rescued a point for the USA.
World Cup goal scorers Birsa and Ljubijankic are expected to feature for Slovenia, while Udinese shot stopper Samir Handanovic is expected to start in goal.
Bostjan Cesar and Bojan Jokic also play their club soccer in Serie A, and are teammates of USA midfielder Bradley at Chievo Verona.
Ecuador handed the USA a 1-0 defeat at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night.
Jaime Ayovi scored the decisive goal for Ecuador when he rose above defender Tim Ream to head home a cross from his cousin Walter Ayovi.
The result leaves USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann with just one win from his first five games in charge, and with a goals scored tally of two in five. His teams offensive inability must be of huge concern for Klinsmann who is noted for his attacking style of play.
The Americans started with a front pair of Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, but the pair were bottled up very well by the Ecuador defensive pairing of Fricson Erazo and Eduardo Morante.
The first half saw both defenses very much on top, with the first clear chance coming as Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero skipped past Steve Cherundolo before firing wide.
The USA will play host to Ecuador in an international friendly at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night.
USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann earned his first win against Honduras over the weekend, but will face stronger opposition here.
New Jersey native Tim Howard will play in goal for the USA in his home state, while Tim Ream will be hoping to start his first game for Klinsmann in his home stadium.
If Ream does earn a start, he is expected to be partnered by Oguchi Onyewu. Red Bull forward Juan Agudelo could also feature for the States, while Clint Dempsey should continue in midfield after scoring the winning goal against Honduras.
Timmy Chandler could play at left back for the USA, and would face a stiff challenge in the form of Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia.
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.
The USA will play host to Honduras in an international friendly on Saturday night.
The game will be played in Miami, Florida, and is to be screened live on Fox Soccer Channel and Univision at 6pm Eastern Time.
USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking to lift some pressure off himself by snapping a four game winless streak for the stars and stripes.
Star striker Landon Donovan has withdrawn from the squad due to injury, and was replaced by Edson Buddle. Buddle will be competing with Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore and Teal Bunbury for playing time at forward.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is expected to play in goal for the United States, while veteran pair Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo will feature in the back line.
After losing 1-0 to Costa Rica recently, Jurgen Klinsmann and his men are preparing to affront Belgium. Kick-off time for this friendly fixture is at 11:30am PST, 2:30pm EST and 6:30pm GMT.
Tuesday’s encounter between USA and Belgium will mark both sides’ fourth meeting in history. It will be important for the Americans to record an emphatic victory like the 3-0 win they clinched 81 years ago when they first clashed against Belgium.
It may, however, be difficult for Jurgen Klinsmann’s team to bounce back following their Costa Rica defeat. The likes of Lukaku, Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen and Eden Hazard are set to make life tough for USA who are yet to win after the departure of Bob Bradley.
“What we need is that piece more of determination, being really hungry to finish it off and score,” Klinsmann believes.
USA and Costa Rica will lock horns on the second day of the month of September in an international friendly match. Kick-off time for the fixture is at 20:00 PST, 23:00 EST and 3:00am GMT.
The United States have a few scores to settle against Costa Rica. During the qualification phase ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, USA failed to beat the Costa Ricans. They were handed a 3-1 defeat away from home in June 2009 before earning only 1 point from a 2-2 draw in the return leg which took place in October 2009.
Ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the USA want to build a winning team. The era under Bob Bradley is gone. Jurgen Klinsmann is now at the head of the coaching staff.
The recently appointed coach will have another chance to win his first match in charge of the USA. Ex-Germany manager Klinsmann left positive impressions among fans and through the media following the Americans’ hard-fought 1-1 draw against Mexico on August 11 this year.
Catch up with ESPN Deportes, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com for a great coverage of Wednesday night’s USA vs Mexico international friendly match as coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be making his debut.
The encounter, which is set to kick off at 9pm EST at the Lincoln Field in Philadelphia, will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. It is expected to attract millions of spectators as the rivalry between the 2 nations continues to grow despite the fact that it is a friendly match.
On June 25, the date which marks USA’s last meeting with Mexico up to now, the Americans suffered great disappointment by throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to El Tri. This match was played in front of over 93,000 fans at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena. This time round, USA have an obligation to reassure their fans over their lost authority against the Mexicans.
The weekend ended with some Super Cup football in Portugal, England and Italy in Europe...
But in midweek, football fans across the world will have their attention taken away from club football as national teams will take on the pitch in various cities and stadiums. With the qualification fixtures for the 2014 FIFA World Cup revealed, rehearsal time has already begun. But some teams in Europe are not looking too far ahead to Brazil 2014 as the 2012 European Championship is set to come around much earlier.
There will be 3 all-European encounters among top fixtures on Wednesday, August 10. Italy vs Spain and England vs Netherlands will kick off almost simultaneously only to give neutrals a real headache over which match to follow. Portugal vs Luxembourg, meanwhile, will take place later in the night.