• Wednesday Nov 04, 2009

    USA, Honduras to square off in friendly this weekend

    The USA continue their run to this summer's FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan when they host a friendly with Football Confederation member Honduras Saturday 2 March 2002 in Seattle, Washington.

    The USA enter the World Cup warm-up after a 1:0 loss to Italy in Catania, Sicily on 14 February. However, technical director Bruce Arena has called together a side much different from the one that participated in the last match, one comprised of mostly domestic-based players. The side is similar to the team that recently captured FC Gold Cup 2002.

    Honduras, meanwhile, come into the match after defeating FIFA World Cup finalist Slovenia (5:1) and the Hong Kong XI (1:0) to win the Carlsberg Cup in Hong Kong two weeks earlier in February.

    The Central Americans defeated the 3:2 USA in the last meeting between the two sides, an FC World Cup qualifying match past 1 September at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. Honduras failed to qualify for the Korea/Japan only after a 3:0 loss to Mexico on the last day of FC qualifying.

    Saúl Martinez scored five goals in two games in the Carlsberg Cup to lead Honduras to the tournament championship in Asia. He will lead a Honduran side that won FIFA's Team of the Year award for their performance in 2001.

    USA
    GK: Tim Howard (22, NY-NJ MetroStars, 0/0); Kasey Keller (32, Tottenham Hotspur FC/ENG, 55/0)
    DF: Jeff Agoos (33, San Jose Earthquakes 123/4); Gregg Berhalter (28,Crystal Palace FC/ENG, 22/0); Carlos Llamosa (32, New England Revolution, 25/0); Pablo Mastroeni (25, Colorado Rapids, 6/0); Eddie Pope (28, D.C. United, 44/4)
    MD: Chris Armas (29, Chicago Fire 41/2); Bobby Convey (18, D.C. United, 2/0); Cobi Jones (31. Los Angeles Galaxy, 150/14); Eddie Lewis (27, Fulham FC/ENG, 34/2); Brian Maisonneuve (29, Columbus Crew, 11/0); Clint Mathis (25, NY-NJ MetroStars, 14/3); Richard Mulrooney (25, San Jose Earthquakes, 1/0); Brian West (23, Columbus Crew, 4/0); Richie Williams (31, D.C. United, 19/0)
    AT: DaMarcus Beasley (19, Chicago Fire, 7/1); Jeff Cunningham (25, Columbus Crew, 3/0); Landon Donovan (19, San Jose Earthquakes, 15/2); Brian McBride (29, Columbus Crew, 55/18)
    DT: Bruce Arena

    HONDURAS
    GK: Ricardo Canales (CD Victoria); Victor Coelho (CD Marathon)
    DF: Edgar álvarez (CD Platense); Róbel Bernárdez (CD Motagua); Júnior Izaguirre (CD Motagua); Rony Morales (CD Platense); Limbert Pérez (CD Olimpia); José Luis Piñeda (CD Olimpia)
    MD: Sergio Mendoza (Real CD España); David Cárcamo (Real CD España); Jaime Rosales (CD Marathon); Jerry Palacios (CD Olimpia); Christian Martínez (CD Victoria); óscar Bonilla (CA Bella Vista/URU); Maynor Suazo (SV Wüstenrot Salzburg/AUT); Amado Guevara (CD Zacatapec/MEX); Danilo Turcios (Defensor Sporting/URU)
    AT: Milton Nuñez (CSD Comunicaciones/GUA); Saúl Martínez (Club Nacional de Fútbol/URU)
    DT: Ernesto Omar Luzardo

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