Luis Fernando Suarez
3th World cup
FIFA Ranking: 32
Best result: first round
El Tri take on the Central Americans in Phoenix, looking for a spot alongside Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal
The Orlando City striker will join up with his country for the knockout stages of the CONCACAF tournament
Canada move into the last eight as runners-up to Costa Rica – who eased past French Guyana 3-0 – in Group A on Friday.
The former France international was named in the starting lineup, meaning the Gold Cup newcomers will likely have to forfeit the match
The Borussia Dortmund teenager was outstanding in an attacking midfield role, scoring a goal and having a hand in three others in a 6-0 victory.
Live score updates from San Jose as USA face crucial qualifying testEmail Tim or tweet him with your hints, tips and suggestions 3.08am GMT 13 min Corner for Honduras, and they take it short, but Howard comes out and claims the second ball with ease. 3.07am GMT 11 min Well, that might just bring Honduras out of their defensive shell – or at least bring them out of it earlier than expected. They can’t just defend now. 3.05am GMT 9 min It’s been a really lively start from the home side. Purposeful in the extreme. 3.03am GMT 6 min Just what the doctor ordered. Altidore, I think it was, stabbed it through to Pulisic, who got away from the last defender and tried to slip it past Escober. The goalie got a hand to it, but could only parry, Lletget reacted quickest, and from about six yards, couldn’t miss. Bruce is back, baby! 3.00am GMT What a start for USA! And it’s Lletget with his first international goal! 2.59am GMT 3 min It does look as though Honduras will sit deep and let USA have the bal. Honduras’s manager is Jorge Luis Pinto, the Colombia who coached Costa Rica so memorably – and defensively – in the World Cup three years ago. 2.56am GMT 1 min And we’re off! USA in their snazzy all red; Honduras in white and blue. 2.52am GMT Not long now! 2.50am GMT Here’s Rick McGahey on the US line-up: “Starting Nagbe, Pulisic, and Lletget is a bow to youth and speed – but also inexperience. Says to me that Arena wants to go at them early and hard. I like it hope the three newbies can cope with the usual Concacaf rough stuff.”Yeah, Honduras don’t mind a bit of clogging. Will USA cope? 2.46am GMT Mexico now lead 2-0, thanks to Nestor Araujo’s goal just before half-time. And Trinidad & Tobago beat Panama 1-0 earlier, which is probably quite a good result for USA. 2.38am GMT Honduras, incidentally, look like they’re going five at the back for this evening’s game. Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto, both of the Houston Dynamo, should be the furthest forward for los Catrachos. 2.33am GMT Mexico kicked off against Costa Rica about half an hour ago – and they lead 1-0 at the Azteca. The goalscorer? Javier Hernandez, who’s just equalled Jared Borgetti’s all-time Mexican record of 46 international goals. 2.29am GMT A note on the kick-off time: we’ll officially start at 7.55pm. (The US federation listed the start time as 7.30pm local time, but Fifa has it at 7.55pm.) So we’ve got about half an hour to go yet. 2.28am GMT So Clint Dempsey is back. We thought he might start from the bench, but Bruce Arena has given him the nod, and he’ll start up front with Jozy Altidore. Christian Pulisic plays in the No10 role, Sebastian Lletget gets his first start in a World Cup qualifier, and Geoff Cameron plays at right-back. 2.25am GMT USA: 1-Tim Howard, 2-Jorge Villafaña, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 6-John Brooks, 8-Clint Dempsey, 9-Sebastian Lletget, 10-Christian Pulisic, 15-Darlington Nagbe, 17-Jozy Altidore, 20-Geoff Cameron. Subs: 12-David Bingham, 22-Nick Rimando, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Kellyn Acosta, 14-Tim Ream, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 23-Dax McCartyHonduras: 22-Donis Escober, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 5-Ever Alvarado, 4-Henry Figueroa, 21-Brayan Beckeles, 7-Emilio Izaguirre, 15-Roger Espinoza, 20-Jorge Claros, 19-Alberth Elis, 12-Romell Quioto, 17-Andy Nájar. Subs: 16-Carlos Discua, 14-Boniek García, 18-Ricardo Canales, 10-Mario Martínez, 13-Eddie Hernandez, 1-Luis López, 9-Anthony Lozano, 11-Erick Portillo, 6-Allan Vargas, 8-Oliver Morazon, 23-César Oseguera, 2-Félix Crisanto. 1.44am GMT It’s Bruce Arena’s second competitive USA debut, and this is a match his team daren’t lose. Arena, back for his second spell in charge of the national team, has to do some tidying up after Jürgen Klinsmann left everything in a right mess, and has about six months to make sure USA qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year.Tonight Arena’s team play Honduras in San Jose, and although defeat could end their hopes of another World Cup finals appearance, a win would see them firmly back in contention in a competitive hexagonal round. Another victory against Panama on Tuesday and suddenly things are looking up. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: USA need a disciplined, spirited display this evening after the abject tosh they served up in Costa Rica in November. 7.25pm GMT Tim will be here shortly. In the meantime, read Graham Parker on what Bruce Arena needs from his team this week: Related: Five things Bruce Arena’s US team needs to do in the World Cup qualifiers Continue reading...