Goal.com USA's editors predict the outcome of Saturday night's World Cup qualifying showdown in San Pedro Sula.The U.S. National team is on the verge of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and could do so with a win against Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Saturday night. The match will be the only one in CONCACAF featuring two of the top four teams in the Hex and with the World Cup on the line for both sides it should be an exciting match-up.
The U.S. topped Honduras 2-1 in Chicago during their first meeting of the round, but the Hondurans are unbeaten at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.
Check out what Goal.com USA's editorial staff had to say when asked to predict the final outcome.
Andrea Canales, Chief Editor:
I predict a 2-1 Honduras win. As I imagine the game, the USA will leap out to an early lead, forcing Honduras to dig deep and produce a stout defensive effort to prevent another goal, in addition to some scrappy play on set pieces to scratch out a close win at home. It'll be a deja vu revenge for how the USA beat Honduras in their earlier hexagonal matchup.
Greg Lalas, Goal.com Magazine Editor:
1-1. Honduras are hoping for a big emotional push amid the political chaos in the country. But the uncertainty will be a distraction and the US will play a tough, disciplined game and earn a draw.
Zac Lee Rigg, Associate Editor:
Honduras has yet to drop points at home in this round of World Cup qualifying. Against the timid away version of the United States, expect that run to continue.
Noah Davis, U.S. National Team Correspondent:
2-1 in favor of Honduras. The Americans will hang with their Central American counterparts for an hour, but the combination of the San Pedro Sula humidity and the U.S.'s injury woes will doom the upset bid.
Shane Evans, Associate Editor:
This game will be tough for the U.S., but I believe the players know what is at stake and they'll be able to use their superior quality to get a result in Honduras. It'll be close, but I think a late goal from Landon Donovan may be the difference in a tight 2-1 match.
Allen Ramsey, Associate Editor:
Great at home versus horrible on the road, tough call here. Add in the fact that the U.S. is riding a long string of good results against a Honduran team that is just as talented and this has all the makings of an awful night for the visitors and a comfortable 3-1 win for Honduras.
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