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How to watch Honduras vs Jamaica, international friendly: start time and online

With neither squad anywhere near full strength, this will be an interesting comparison of the depth of two CONCACAF sides hoping for a 2017 to remember after a couple of years to forget.

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USMNT fans might want to keep an eye on this one: Honduras is the USA's next opponent in World Cup qualifying. Los Catrachos went into a bit of slump after a winless 2014 World Cup campaign, bowing out of the 2015 Gold Cup without a win in the group stage, and losing its opening home game of the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

But Honduras won January's Copa Centroamericana. And head coach Jorge Luis Pinto was the man behind Costa Rica's impressive run to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup.

The 18-man squad Pinto has summoned for this friendly is some distance from the best team Honduras can muster. The game is being played outside the FIFA window for official internationals. No players attached to clubs outside Honduras have been called up. Still, it is a chance for Pinto to look again at some younger players - like goalkeeper Luis Lopez and midfielder Michaell Chirinos - as well as more established candidates for a World Cup qualifying roster such as veteran Jorge Claros, recently returned to Honduran club soccer after being named the 2017 Copa Centroamerica MVP.

The Jamaica squad is also nowhere close to full strength, also largely comprised of emerging talents who may yet have a part to play in the Reggae Boyz summer campaigns in Caribbean Cup and Gold Cup. The three players on the roster who might reasonably expect to be called to a Jamaica selection for any occasion - goalkeeper Andre Blake, versatile veteran Je-Vaughn Watson, and the New York Red Bulls' Kemar Lawrence - represent the standard the rest of the squad aspires to meet.

It is much the same group of players that lost 1-0 to USMNT earlier this month: a game in which the inexperienced Jamaicans were outgunned but not outclassed. Lawrence missed the USA match; right back Alvas Powell and midfielder Omar Holness will not play against Honduras. Perhaps head coach Theodore "Tappa" Whitmore will give more time in this game to teenage forwards Shamar Nicholson and Jordane Fletcher - though striker Cory Burke has impressed in his limited international experience to date, and certainly deserves to continue testing himself at the national team level.

The result of this match will quickly be forgotten, but on both sides of the field there will be players whose names should be better known by the end of this year.

It looks a tough one to watch for fans in the US, but Twitter should provide a basic outline of the game's events.

Honduras vs Jamaica

When: 9:30 pm, Eastern; Thursday, February 16, 2017

Where: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas

TV: seems not

Online: For information and updates on Twitter check in with @ItsTheJFF@SimeyP93@caribbeanftbl@caribbeanfooty