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Honduras Without Big Guns Tonight


No Suazo = No Hope for Honduras?

For all the spinning going on in US Soccer circles the last few days’ minimal attention has been paid to the opponent tonight, Honduras, and their own woes. While Honduras still has Amado Guevara and Carlo Costly at full speed, Wilson Palacios will be playing the first match since the tragic death of his brother, while David Suazo, perhaps the most skilled player in CONCACAF, and Julio De Leon an outstanding midfielder from Parma in Serie A will miss the match due to injury and suspension respectively.

Honduras is a traditional underachiever in CONCACAF. Since we began this website and podcast I have repeatedly stated that I believed Honduras had more top line talent than anyone in the region, but continued to underachieve. This World Cup cycle has been no different with only one win off of Honduran soil, that being in the less than intimidating venue of Montreal’s Saputo Stadium.

Honduras depth however is not at the level of Mexico or the United States which is why chances of an upset tonight are minimal. Not having Suazo or De Leon takes a lot of pressure off of the US midfield which has been exposed by quick attacking players recently. The US will be without Michael Bradley but will have Sacha Kljestan available despite several erroneous reports that he had been suspended. According to FIFA’s match reports, Kljestan’s last yellow card prior to Wednesday was in the previous round of qualifying.

In the absence of DeLeon, MLS washout/failure Ramon Nunez will likely be called on. Nunez played decently for Puebla this past year including a very productive second leg of the Clausura playoffs against Pumas. But Nunez as demonstrated by his time in Dallas is a head case and doesn’t have the quality or flair to worry the US the way DeLeon or Suazo would.

The key figure on Honduras’ back line, Maynor Figueora of Wigan Atheltic has been a poor run of form at the club level. Youngster Erick Norales is being hailed as a potential star and he will be tested at Soldier Field tonight.

If you were to rank the top 10 field players from the CONCACAF region, Honduras would place more on the list than any other nation. Yet with two of those superstars missing tonight and little depth, anything other than a US win would be a shock.

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  1. javier

    June 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    david suazo come or it pulls that david suazo returns soon with the selection of depths because to the nesecitan and de leon they two are the best players of depths with carlos costly tanvien they are good dear amado Guevara needing hope I queo that the posability that has depths is that david suazo recovers of the erida in the leg i buelba to being the same the needing in depths ramon nunes is a very good player also carlos pavon

  2. edwin agulera

    June 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    when are you play again with honduras tell me

  3. Seybold

    June 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Media reports all say a pro-Honduran crowd is expected. How is this even possible for a home qualifier? The federation goes to great pains to ensure pro-USA crowds against Mexico, yet, again–just like in 2001–we’ll be playing an “away” game at home to Honduras.

    The podcast talked a lot about the lack on accountability in the USSF. What better example is there than this? A USA home qualifier should *never* have anything except a massively pro-USA crowd. It is the federation’s responsibility to do whatever it can to make that happen in selecting venues.

    If not enough USA fans can turn up in Chicago, just like DC in 2001, then I’m sorry, but they are 100% unacceptable as venues for home qualifiers. In Columbus, it’s fanatical pro-USA crowds. The only home qualifier I ever made it to was in Portland Oregon in 1997 vs. CR–fanatically pro-USA. A bunch of us went up to Richmond near Vancouver in 1997 and turned Canada’s home qualifier vs. the USA into a pro-USA crowd.

    If a ragtag bunch from the Pacific NW could do that by ourselves, you’d think the federation would be able to do it for a home qualifier. This is rank incompetence.

    Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to dis Chicago and DC. They’d be fine for qualifiers against, say, T&T or Jamaica–and for home friendlies where they can rake in the cash–but NOT for a qualifier against Honduras. Don’t they get it? This isn’t a friendly!

  4. Angry USA Fan

    June 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    even Honduras’ little guns will knock us off without some serious soul searching and tactical changes from Bradley. I am losing hope.

  5. Ray

    June 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Wilson Palacios is substantially better than any American player. When I say substantially, I mean a gap as wide as the Pacific Ocean. David Suazo also is much better than any America. Too bad he won’t play. Maybe you whiners could really be hurling tears if he and Palacios played the weak Bradley XI together tonight.

  6. Magin Argueta

    June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I agree with your comment this time. I think the US will win this game by 2 or more. I believe that after Wednesday games, it will be clear what teams will take the 3 world cup spots (US, Costa Rica and Mexico). Honduras will have to try to get 4th place. Unfortuntelly, the dictators of CONCACAF favored Trinidad and Tobago in the schedule. They programmed (faking a draw as alwyas) T & T last 2 games against opponents that by then will be qualified. I hope we can talk about the corruption of CONCACAF in one of the posts.

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