JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The US national team is set to enter the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying this afternoon against Honduras in San Pedro Sula.
National team stalwarts such as Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley highlight Jurgen Klinsmann's squad, which will take on one of CONCACAF's three 2010 World Cup representatives.
Klinsmann also brings in seven players that were present in the US January camp that concluded with their draw against Canada: Matt Besler, Brad Davis, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Johnson, Sean Johnson, and Graham Zusi all impressed the German coach enough to earn a spot in the squad for Wednesday's match.
Tim Howard looks to start at goalie, while Carlos Bocanegra and Geoff Cameron are likely to line up as the team's centerback pairing. Fabian Johnson and Timothy Chandler project to start as the US's fullbacks.
The midfield will be headed by Bradley, but beyond him could see a variety of combinations, with possible starts by Jermaine Jones, Danny Williams, and Maurice Edu all on the table. If the team looks for width, Davis and Zusi could see the field as well.
At forward, Jozy Altidore, who has been starring in the Netherlands of late, should get the nod alongside Tottenham's Dempsey, assuming Klinsmann decides to start the latter up front as opposed to in the midfield.
Honduras, meanwhile, brings in an experienced team that qualified for the World Cup in South Africa and surprised many with its strong play in last summer's Olympics. Their squad is highlighted by Wigan Athletic's Roger Espinoza, Houston Dynamo's Oscar Boniek Garcia, and the Seattle Sounders' Mario Martinez.