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USMNT vs. Honduras: SBI Match Night

The U.S. men’s national team will try to rebound from Sunday’s World Cup qualifying loss to Canada with a win on Wednesday against struggling Honduras at a freezing Allianz Field (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1).

The Americans are currently in second place in the Concacaf Octagonal, but anything short of a win against last-place Honduras could make for a tricky final window in March, when the USMNT has trips to Mexico and Costa Rica, two places the Americans have never won a World Cup qualifier.

Wednesday’s match is against a Honduran side already eliminated from World Cup qualification, but the Catrachos will be looking to play the role of spoilers.

The match is being played in extremely cold conditions that could include temperatures well below zero with wind chill factored in. The USMNT has broken its own record for coldest environments played in with the recent matches against Canada and El Salvador, but the temperature will be more than 20 degrees colder in Minnesota.

Gregg Berhalter has shaken up his starting lineup, resting Christian Pulisic, Sergiño Dest and Yunus Musah after all three started in the first two qualifiers of the window. Jordan Morris, Tim Weah and Reggie Cannon start in their place.

Ricardo Pepi is back in the lineup for the Americans after being left out of the lineup for the recent qualifiers. He will try to repeat his success against Honduras after a one-goal, two-assist masterpiece in his USMNT debut back in September.

Here is the full USMNT starting lineup:

Here is a rundown of SBI’s pre-match coverage heading into the USMNT-Honduras qualifier:

USMNT seeking bounce-back result against eliminated Honduras. (READ)

The SBI Show: Episode 350 (Recapping USMNT-Canada, USMNT-Honduras preview). (READ)

Arctic conditions setting in as extreme cold threatens to hamper USMNT-Honduras qualifier (READ)

After two straight lackluster outings, Christian Pulisic has something to prove. (READ)

Who will, and who should the USMNT start vs. Honduras (READ)

Tyler Adams, Chris Richards to miss USMNT-Honduras with injuries (READ)

Concacaf World Cup qualifying Preview: Mexico hosts Panama, Canada visits El Salvador, and more. (READ)

SBI’s editorial staff will be providing updates and analysis in the comments section below so feel free to follow along, and you are also welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions on the action.

Enjoy the match.


  1. So Mexico has to feel a bit of pressure, especially with goal differential as first factor for tie-breaker. Gotta pull for Mexico to be motivated and get 3 points against Panama later tonight.

    Good to see LDLT go the distance, and Morris to get in 60 minutes after his recovery.

  2. Really impressed with Acosta tonight. Had a hand in all the goals if I recall correctly.

    Also thought McKinney was good and De Le Torre got stronger as the game progressed— liked what he gave us.

    • I’d give MOTM to Acosta today. We needed a strong game from him in Adam’s place, and he really raised it to a higher level today. You do not have to always score to get MOTM. We just need consistency like that in future games.

  3. Second half underway as USMNT continues to pile on pressure. McKennie setting up Weah for a good effort on goal. A few more goals would be great for Americans as goal differential could become closer in the top four.

  4. HT: USMNT 2 – Honduras 0. Goals from Weston McKennie and Walker Zimmerman has the Americans in front in a must-win match. The Americans could be up by more too, but overall it’s the expected response.

  5. The US are trying to create a 3rd goal through the right side with Weah. Headed from Zimmerman is blocked by the Honduran defense. ‘45

  6. You can just tell that Zimmerman is happy to be back with the way he has interacted with his teammates tonight. VAR verified the goal. ‘38

  7. Diego Rodríguez looks to be in bad shape at the edge his side’s box. Got stepped on hard. Nothing to take lightly in these conditions. 30’

  8. If we had this referee in the Canada game, Canada’s game plan to foul early would have faltered and made for a much different game.

  9. 1-0 USMNT. Weston McKennie rises high and heads home a delicious free kick from Kellyn Acosta for his eighth international goal. Romell Quioto mistimed his jump on defense. First set piece goal for Americans this qualifying cycle.

  10. Marcelo Balboa says there’s some ice in the grass, and sprinkles of white were visible. Temperature 3°F. Sideline reporters say they have portable heaters, but they predict there will be slipping and the ball will be hard to control.
    Not that it would have been much better tonight in Texas. Brr. )-:
    But how about that kick by Acosta and header by McKenzie. 1-0. (-:

  11. 6 minutes in and 2 for stoppage already maybe more. Lots of fouls and BS lead to Weston’s air ball. He’s awesome up there

  12. The USMNT looking for a bounce-back result after Sunday’s loss in Canada. Luca De La Torre makes his first start while Jordan Morris makes his first competitive start in 2019. Seven changes in the XI as a whole.


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