The U.S. Men’s National Team enters their third and final match of the winter leg of Concacaf World Cup Qualifying in second place, with hopes to end it on a high note with a victory over visiting Honduras at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday night.
After the U.S. suffered a 2-0 loss to Canada over the weekend in Hamilton, Ontario, this upcoming home match against Honduras becomes even more important.
With unbeaten Canada leading the group in first place with 22 points (6-0-4) and the U.S. trailing by four with 18 points (5-2-3), they need a win to remain in second place of the Octagonal standings and edge closer to securing a World Cup spot. Mexico is on the USMNT's tail with a matching 18 points and 5-2-3 record, however, the U.S. maintains second place based on goal differential.
Meanwhile, Honduras is in a unique position to play spoiler on the road at the U.S., as they have been mathematically eliminated from World Cup contention in last place of their group. Honduras is also on a seven-game losing streak heading to Allianz Field.
Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has backstopped the first two matches (1-1-0) in this round of World Cup Qualifying, and is expected to start in Saint Paul against Honduras.
Adding to the intrigue, Saint Paul is anticipated to be approximately two degrees at kickoff with wind chills deep into the negatives, which will make for a memorable and bitter game, breaking the previous coldest home game record for the U.S. which was set at 29 degrees.
Turner and Revolution teammate Sebastian Lletget - who was not part of the USMNT's 23-man matchday squad against Canada – will kick off on Wednesday night in Saint Paul, Minnesota against Honduras at 7:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1, TUDN, and Univision.