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USMNT – USA vs Honduras on October 8 in Miami

USMNT – USA vs Honduras on October 8 in Miami

U.S. TO FACE HONDURAS ON OCT. 8 AT SUN LIFE STADIUM IN MIAMI

Houston Dynamo Honduran striker Carlos Costly and  Benny Feilhaber from New England Revolution will face each other in Miami on October 8. PHOTO John Todd / isiphotos.com

Houston Dynamo Honduran striker Carlos Costly and Benny Feilhaber from New England Revolution will face each other in Miami on October 8. PHOTO John Todd / isiphotos.com

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will host Honduras in an international friendly on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. Kickoff for the USA’s first match in South Florida since 2004 is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Univision. The match falls on an international fixture date, which gives U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the opportunity to call in a full complement of players.

Ticket information will be announced in the near future. To find out when tickets will go on sale for this match, join U.S. Soccer’s ticket alert email list. For the opportunity to purchase USA-Honduras tickets before the general public, join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club and earn priority access to the ticket presale.

“Honduras is a team that we may see in World Cup qualifying, so this is a very good opportunity for our players,” said Klinsmann. “Honduras is a skillful team, and you could see their quality in the last World Cup. These are important experiences for our team as we prepare for next summer.”

The U.S. holds an 11-3-3 advantage in the series dating back to 1965. The teams have played several memorable matches, including the USA’s stunning 3-2 victory on Oct. 10, 2009, in San Pedro Sula that sealed their place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, the United States earned a dramatic 2-2 draw against Costa Rica that delivered Honduras a spot in South Africa.

Honduras has twice qualified for the World Cup, and remains one of the strongest teams in the region. The Catrachos were semifinalists in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing out to eventual champions Mexico.

The U.S. returns to South Florida for the first time since 2004 and makes their first appearance at Sun Life Stadium since Feb. 21, 1998, a 2-0 loss to Holland. Holding a 3-10-4 record in Miami, the USA’s last visit resulted in a 1-1 draw on March 13, 2004, against Haiti.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies on the international fixture dates in September, hosting Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before traveling to face Belgium on Sept. 6 in Brussels. Kickoff on Sept. 2 at the National Training Center is set for 8 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Galavision. Four days later, coverage from King Baudouin Stadium begins at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN and ESPN3.com. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

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