Yanks to host Honduras at Home Depot Center

Posted on 15 December 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Men’s National Team has chosen Honduras as its first opponent of 2010. The game will take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Jan. 23, a Saturday. Tickets can be purchased through USsoccer.com.

The choice of Honduras is a curious one considering the U.S. faced the Catrachos four times in 2009. Head coach Bob Bradley even acknowledged as much in the U.S. Soccer Federation statement announcing the match. “Obviously we know the quality of the Honduran team very well,” he said. Not only does the USMNT know Honduras but the Yanks appear to have their number, winning all four games against the Central American nation this year.

The choice makes even less sense when taking into consideration the makeup of the U.S. World Cup group. Neither England nor Slovenia nor Algeria play a style anything like Honduras. Surely Bradley will want to test his team against teams that play more of a continental style? Maybe that will take place later in the preparation cycle.

What do you, the fan, make of the choice of Honduras? Vote in the poll and support your choice in the comment field below.

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26 Comments For This Post

  1. Ryan Says:

    Just curious as to who else we are supposed to play. It's not a FIFA recognized date, it's likely to be a bunch of young guys and MLS stragglers. I guess I don't see the harm in it.

  2. rsw Says:

    It's for the money. Playing in LA. There gonna do the same on a bigger scale with Mexico at the Rose Bowl. it's the USSF selling out the team again for a quick cash score. The games (especially the Mexico game if that gets scheduled) will basically be like away games in our own country. But we'll beat them both anyway.

  3. amersocc Says:

    Good point on the FIFA date. It's probably just for the money then. No harm in that, as long as the main guys get the proper preparation closer to the World Cup. I suppose that schedule (for May, primarily) will be announced in due time. If we play Honduras again then I'll be concerned. But for now, no harm, no foul.

  4. ErikC Says:

    I would have liked to see them play Chile. This team has improved tremendously these last 4 years, and I think they are going to make quite a long run in the tournament. I think playing against a revamped team like Chile could give the United States an idea of the caliber of teams that have recently improved these last few years like Greece, and Ivory Coast.

  5. ErikC Says:

    I would have liked to see them play Chile. This team has improved tremendously these last 4 years, and I think they are going to make quite a long run in the tournament. I think playing against a revamped team like Chile could give the United States an idea of the caliber of teams that have recently improved these last few years like Greece, and Ivory Coast.

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