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USA forward Clint Dempsey (pictured) celebrates after scoring against Honduras in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the last game between the sides. (Photo: Mexsport)

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP
CONCACAF Qualifying -- Final Round, Matchday 3

Date: March 24, 2017
Match: USA v Honduras
Venue: Avaya Stadium – San Jose, California, USA
Time: 11:00 p.m. ET

MATCH OFFICIALS
R: Walter Lopez (Guatemala)
AR1: Gerson Lopez (Guatemala)
AR2: Hermenerito Lopez (Guatemala)
4th: Oscar Reyna (Guatemala)

SUSPENSIONS
USA: Timothy Chandler, Jermaine Jones
Honduras: none

ALL-TIME WCQ SERIES
USA leads: 5W-2D-1L (13GF, 10GA)

LAST WCQ MEETING
June 18, 2013: USA 1, Honduras 0
Jozy Altidore 74'

FIVE MATCH WCQ FORM
USA: LLWWW
Honduras: WLDWW

 

CONCACAF QUALIFYING RESULTS

USA (Overall record: 4W-1D-3L … 21GF, 9GA)
13.11.15 USA v St. Vincent & the Grenadines 6-1
17.11.15 Trinidad & Tobago v USA 0-0
25.03.16 Guatemala v USA 2-0
29.03.16 USA v Guatemala 4-0
02.09.16 St. Vincent & the Grenadines v USA 0-6
06.09.16 USA v Trinidad & Tobago 4-0
11.11.16 USA v Mexico 1-2
15.11.16 Costa Rica v USA 4-0

Honduras (Overall record: 3W-2D-3L … 9GF, 8GA)
13.11.15 Canada v Honduras 1-0
17.11.15 Honduras v Mexico 2-0
25.03.16 El Salvador v Honduras 2-2
29.03.16 Honduras v El Salvador 2-0
02.09.16 Honduras v Canada 2-1
06.09.16 Mexico v Honduras 0-0
11.11.16 Honduras v Panama 0-1
15.11.16 Honduras v Trinidad & Tobago 3-1

 

CONCACAF QUALIFYING SCORERS

USA: Jozy Altidore (6); Bobby Wood (3); Geoff Cameron, Sacha Kljestan, Christian Pulisic (2); Paul Arriola, Matt Besler, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Gyasi Zardes, Graham Zusi (1)

Honduras: Romell Quioto (3); Alberth Elis, Oscar Garcia, Eddie Hernandez, Emilio Izaguirre, Antony Lozano, Mario Martinez (1)

 

FINAL ROUND SUMMARY

USA: The USA sits last in the final round after opening the Hexagonal with two straight defeats for the first-ever time, falling to Mexico (1-2, home) and Costa Rica (0-4, away). Against Mexico, the Americans lost at home in a World Cup qualifier for the first time in 34 years. The result ended a string of four straight 2-0 triumphs by the Americans over their southern neighbor at MAPFRE Stadium in CONCACAF qualifying. That setback was followed by a stunning loss at Costa Rica, which saw the Ticos net three times in during an eight-minute, second-half stretch.

Honduras: Honduras opened final-round play with a 1-0 loss to visiting Panama on November 11, 2016. Fidel Escobar scored the only goal in the 22nd minute, when his right-footed free kick from 22-yards out took a slight deflection off Honduras’ Romell Quioto before hitting the back of the net. The Catrachos had two chances to equalize in the 57th minute, but Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo saved efforts from Diego Reyes and Alberth Elis.

 

FAST FACTS

USA
- Played in every World Cup from Italy 1990 through Brazil 2014 … longest active streak by any CONCACAF side.
- Holds record for most Hexagonal wins (29) and most first-place finishes (3).
- Scored most goals in fourth-round WCQ play (20 … Guatemala #2 with 18).
- 7-0-0 in last seven competitive matches (CONCACAF Gold Cup & WCQ) played in USA v Honduras.

Honduras
- Qualified for three FIFA World Cups, including the last two (1982, 2010, 2014).
- Never won more than five games in three previous Hexagonal appearances.
- Conceded one goal or fewer in five consecutive WCQs.
- Competing in fourth Hexagonal.

 
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