USA and Honduras to meet
USA will conclude a January training camp for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ by facing fellow qualifier Honduras in a 23 January friendly in Los Angeles, the US Soccer Federation announced Tuesday.
North American-based talent will likely dominate both rosters as club teams will not have to release players for the match, which pits two regional rivals who together with Mexico advanced from North, Central American and Caribbean Zone qualifying last October.
The Americans, preparing for a sixth consecutive FIFA World Cup finals appearance, will face England on 12 June in their opener in South Africa and also face Slovenia and Algeria in first-round matches.
Honduras, who qualified for the first time since 1982, will open on 16 June against Chile and also face Spain and Switzerland. "Obviously we know the quality of the Honduran team very well and we think the match is a great way to start the year as we commence preparations for the World Cup," US coach Bob Bradley said.