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USA vs. Honduras: The Pre-Match Tailgate (Updated)

The U.S. men's national team will take the field tonight in San Pedro Sula with a chance to clinch its berth in the 2010 World Cup, but it will have to beat a strong Honduras squad to do it.

We are still several hours away from the match but it is certainly not too early to start talking about the match. Feel free to make this your place for the pre-game discussion on the match. I will be checking in throughout the afternoon so stay tuned for news and notes from San Pedro Sula as the day goes along.

Share your thoughts, opinions and potential web stream options in the comments section below (PRE-MATCH Commentary after the jump).



6:35pm– For those of you who hadn't heard, I will be doing a live commentary of tonight's match on I will provide a link when I put up the Match Commentary post at 9pm.

With that in mind, I will be posting a Cover It Live link here shortly to give me some practice with the tool before using it for tonight, so stay tuned.


6:30pm– Mexico is leading El Salvador, 1-0, early in their game. Hondurans are watching that one closely, hoping against hope that Mexico ends El Salvador's slim World Cup hopes (El Salvador could slide into fourth with two wins and two Costa Rica losses). An El Salvador loss would eliminate El Salvador, this making it possible that Honduras could face a less motivated El Salvador team in the final match.


6:25pm– Okay folks, I have arrived at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula and you would think the game was in four minutes and not almost four hours. The two main seating sections are almost full already and the crowds are building outside.

The city has been buzzing since the morning, with traffic choking the streets, flags and banners waiving and Hondurans looking visibly excited and happy about tonight's match. The night life in San Pedro Sula was quieter than normal, with some business owners suggesting that Hondurans are saving their energy for tonight's parties (yep, they're feeling confident).

How would I describe the stadium? Really it's just a bigger Estadio Saprissa with a running track around the field. The stadium operators were smart enough to put a tarp on the field so it wouldn't get waterlogged, though truth be told, it only rained for a short while. Right now the skies are clear and I don't see any rain on the horizon (of course, it's more than three hours until kickoff so that could change.)


  1. Changing the subject for a second, Dodgers just eliminated the Cardinals. Yankees Dodgers World Series perhaps? Just like the 70s.

  2. I’ll never understand why peole would label their own countrymen with derogatory insults….assuming this Mason idiot actually is an american.


    Like Al Bundy did – if the shoe fits, I’ll put it on someone.

  3. there will definitely be links. there are already some up and running on ustream… such as: hxxp://

  4. Oh… yeah maybe Jozy was talking about a computer virus. In which case… I guess it’s an… interesting… tactical decision…

  5. The REASON why Casey would be starting is because of Holden crossing it to his face like he did in the AllStar game.

  6. Does anyone else think Donovan shouldn’t be playing if there’s a chance we might lose him for the Costa Rica game due to yellow card accumulation?

  7. Everyone is about to go crazy about Casey… but according to Jozy’s Twitter he has “a virus or something” so let’s try to chill (I know, that’s like telling some of you not to breathe)

  8. justin tv has put up a link – we’ll just have to wait and see if it works…

    Posted by: beckster | October 10, 2009 at 07:54 PM
    What’s the link?

  9. First there was Aristotle, then Einstein…Now, in our own lifetime, we are presented with the genius of “RM07″…A visionary, a prophet, a prodigy…Never before has the world seen jingoism so appalling…frustration so evident. Some call him a defeated never-was whose heart still aches for that almost achieved third place trophy in the company’s co-ed soccer league, but most know the simple truth: RM07 is the internet comments section’s Shakespeare incarnate.


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