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Honduran Mission – Get Three Points


In the 2010 CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifying cycle, the U.S. Men’s National Team started the Final Round with a bang. The U.S. defeated Mexico 2-0 and earned its first three points on the way to a first place finish with 20 points in the Hexagonal. This time around, the U.S. MNT will be starting on foreign soil but the mission remains the same – get three points.



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Jurgen Klinsmann

IN THE IMAGE: “One of our key messages to the players is to have that sense of urgency to go into Honduras and give them a fight and go for three points.” Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men’s National Team have their sights set on opening the Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying with a win.

In the 2010 CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifying cycle, the U.S. Men’s National Team started the Final Round with a bang. The U.S. defeated Mexico 2-0 and earned its first three points on the way to a first place finish with 20 points in the Hexagonal. This time around, the U.S. MNT will be starting on foreign soil but the mission remains the same – get three points.

“We feel good about going into Honduras to get a positive result,” U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “The January camp went well, obviously we wanted to finish it off on a high note with a win against Canada, which didn’t happen, but the things we wanted to achieve we achieved.”

Seven players from the January camp have earned a spot on this first World Cup qualifying roster. The rest of the roster is made up of players in Europe and Mexico who are meeting up with the team in Miami to prepare for Wednesday’s qualifier.

“The challenge for us with a huge amount of European players in our roster is traveling, is time differences, is all the locations in a short amount of time. Also the lack of time to prepare them properly in meetings, get the tiredness out of their legs and get them up to speed mentally and be really well prepared.” Klinsmann said. “Those are challenges but other teams have those challenges too, we’re not the only ones and we accept those [challenges] and with the right mindset going into this game I think we can get the job done.”

Getting three points from the Wednesday afternoon fixture is in the cards for the Men’s National Team. The U.S. has posted a 3-0-0 record against Honduras in matches played at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, and every goal scorer from the semifinal round is featured on the roster. The U.S. Men are also coming off one of their most successful campaigns of the modern era, a campaign that included wins at Italy and at Mexico.

“We had a very good year in 2012, won big games away from home and surprised quite a lot of people but you’ve got to confirm that every time you go on the field.” Klinsmann said. “I think we can have the confidence necessary, but we also have to have the respect for Honduras and we’ve got to be prepared for working very hard in those 90 minutes.”

Honduras, which is enjoying one of its most successful eras in team history, is unbeaten in its past five qualifying matches and figures to be one of the toughest tests the U.S. will face in qualifying. However, recent history is on the MNT’s side as the U.S. is 3-0-1 in the first match of the Final Round its past four qualifying cycles and has collected three consecutive victories.

“Going into World Cup qualifiers, there are not only the expectations and the pressure that you’ve got to qualify no matter what. There’s also a sense of don’t let things slip through your hands, get the job done as early as possible, don’t waste any opportunity right from the beginning,” Klinsmann said. “One of our key messages to the players is to have that sense of urgency to go into Honduras and give them a fight and go for three points. We aren’t calculating anything. We want to go in there and start getting points with urgency because that builds more confidence for the next games. This is really important that the players understand that it’s not going to be easy. It’s World Cup qualifiers and if you want to go to Brazil, be ready for it right away.”








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