The January/February round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup takes place in this international break. United States started this round with a narrow 1-0 win over El Salvador. Aaron Robinson scored the vital goal to earn the hard-fought 3 points. However, they lost by a 0-2 margin against Canada in their 2nd match. Now they will face Honduras this Thursday to strengthen their place in the points table.
USMNT has already qualified to participate in the 2020 edition’s FIFA World Cup. Currently, they are second on the CONCACAF point table, just 1 point behind Canada. They currently have 15 points on board with a 4W-1L-3D record. On the other hand, Honduras is at the bottom of the table with 3 points only from 9 matches.
The top three teams after the whole round will qualify for the world cup automatically, while the fourth-place team will participate in the inter-confederation playoff.
Match Between: United States vs Honduras
Match Venue: Allianz Stadium; St. Paul, Minnesota
Kick-off Date: 2 Feb 2022
Kick-off Day: Thursday
Kick-off Time: 7:30 PM ET
Here, we are going to give you an update on the Head 2 Head, match prediction, possible lineup, latest injury report, and live streaming details of the match.
The two CONCACAF nations have met 27 times so far. USMNT won 19 out of those whereas Honduras was the winner 3 times. The other 5 matches ended in a draw.
The last time these two teams met was on 8 September 2021 in Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. The USA team won by a convincing 1-4 margin in this away match. Hence, Honduras will be looking forward to taking revenge this time against the USMNT.
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter called in 28 players for the January/February round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Before facing Honduras on Feb 2, USMNT will play against El Salvador and Canada on Jan 27 and Jan 30 respectively.
13 players are from MLS in the squad, while the rest of the 15 play in European leagues currently. The squad includes 4 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 7 midfielders, and 8 forwards.
DeAndre Yedlin is the most experienced campaigner of the squad with 71 appearances, followed by Gyasi Zardes (66) and Kellyn Acosta (45).
Weston Mckennie, the Juventus midfielder, is back to the squad after his yellow card suspension against Jamaica on Nov 16. Miles Robinson has also returned to the team after missing out in the same fixture due to his red card. McKennie, the 23-year-old midfielder, earned the glory of being the youngest U.S. international to appear in 50 Serie A matches.
Jordan Morris, the veteran USMNT international, has also received his long-awaited World Cup qualifying call since September 2017.
However, Boniek Garcia (138 caps), the other experienced campaigner, lost his spot in the squad. Instead, Alfredo Mejia and Bryan Acosta might have to take the midfield responsibility as the coach’s first-choice pairing. Edwin Rodriguez or Kervin Arriaga will play in front of them to create chances for the attackers.
The Americans have been in terrific form during the whole CONCACAF qualifying campaign. But Honduras is failing to play quality football throughout the campaign. So it is predictable USMNT are the clear favorites to win this match against the underdog Honduras.
The history is against the minnows as well. It was way back in the 2013 FIFA World Cup when Honduras beat the USA in a competitive match. In our prediction, the USA team is likely to win this fixture with an emphatic 3-0 margin.
Injuries are an indispensable part of Football or soccer, whatever we say. Since the game requires a lot of physical intensity, players often become injured. As a result, that may often affect the overall team strength, focus, and match preparation.
Sergino Dest, the young right-back, is back to the USMNT roster after recovering from an injury. He was out of the November camp for suffering an injury. Since then, he has hardly played for his current club FC Barcelona under their new coach Xavi.
However, USMNT will yet again miss the service of Gio Reyna, the Borussia Dortmund player. He is ruled out for the qualifier matches because of his long-term injury. Players like Christian Pulisic and Brendon Aoronson have been in delightful form for the team, netting crucial goals.
Zack Steffen is also uncertain for the fixture. Though he got the call, his back tightness prevents him from joining the squad. Matt Turner, the New England Revolution goalkeeper might stand in front of the goalkeeper instead of Steffen in that case.
The Honduras team is currently free of injuries or suspensions. So they can keep aside this worry and concentrate fully on the match. All the 26 players who were called up completed their training sessions properly following their match against El Salvador.
The match between USA vs Honduras will kick off on February 02, 2022. The match will start at 7:30 PM EST for the viewers living in the United States. Viewers in the UK can enjoy the match at 1:00 AM GMT on February 03, 2022, while UK viewers can watch the game at 6:00 AM IST time.
If you want to see the match live on TV, you have several options. But at the same time, it will depend on where you live. US viewers can enjoy the game on the fuboTV Sports network. They telecast all the CONCACAF matches live in the North American region as the official broadcasters. Also, you can try some other options, including Paramount+, DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling.
If you are from the United Kingdom, you can catch the match live on ITV and Sky Sports Network. And, from the South Asian region, you can turn on ESPN or Sony Six channel to enjoy the match.
If you want to witness the match between the USA and Honduras on iPhone or Android, we can suggest some options too. If you have a cable subscription to NBC, you can stream this match on the NBC Universo live for free. Additionally. To stream the match in English, you need a Paramount+ subscription. However, it comes with a limited free trial. Sling, fuboTV, and One Soccer are other possible options to live stream the match.