The United States kicks off its campaign for back-to-back CONCACAF Gold Championships on July 7th against Honduras. The players' confidence should be high as the U.S. has been in brilliant form. The team is currently on a four match winning streak, which includes historic wins against Germany, the Netherlands, and a demolition of Guatemala in its final pre-Gold Cup friendly.
The U.S. is obviously heavily favored in this match and Los Catrachos would undoubtedly be satisfied to secure a point. Almost all of Honduras' defenders play in Honduras and they will have their hands full trying to contain star U.S. attackers like Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley.
The majority of Honduran players ply their trade in the Honduran domestic league and likely are unknown to U.S. fans, however this doesn't mean the team lacks skilled players. Honduras is lead by stars Andy Najar (ex-D.C. United player) and young striker Anthony Lozano who has impressed in the Honduran league.
One skilled U.S. attacker the Honduran defense likely won't have to worry about is midfielder Alejandro Bedoya. Bedoya is trying to regain fitness after suffering a knee injury and Klinsmann said it is unlikely Bedoya will be physically ready for this game.
Jurgen Klinsmann will be expecting a victory and is unlikely to be satisfied if this game is not won by a large margin. Expect a USMNT victory that will set the tone for their likely domination of Group A.
USA vs. Honduras
When: 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 7th
Where: Toyota Stadium, Dallas, Texas
TV: Fox Sports 1, Unimas and Univision Deportes
Online: Fox Sports Go