MNT Oct 10, 2009
The U.S. team got in its standard 45-minute pre-game training at the stadium this evening, taking the field at Estadio Olimpico at about 5:30 p.m. after all the passports were checked by the Match Commissioner. The only downfall was that the lights went out twice during training, but someone reset the circuit breaker (or however you re-turn on stadium lights) and practice continued. The bus ride to the stadium was what one would call “conspicuous.” With police cars in front and back, armed guards in the back of pick-ups, and at least four motorcycle police stopping traffic, the U.S. team rolled through the streets of San Pedro Sula and it was as if every single Honduran knew who was on the bus. Which, of course, they did. Such is the excitement and buzz around this match. Many people held up digits with both hands to indicate what the score would be, but we also saw some people holding up three fingers, which we assume meant how many points Honduras would get tomorrow. The bus also got its share of thumbs down gestures, the aforementioned one-finger peace sign, and mostly just excited people waving, or pointing or jumping up and down. The temperatures were in the 80s at the stadium, but it was not even close to the stifling humidity experienced by the U.S. team in Miami. In fact, it was a rather pleasant evening. It will get less pleasant tomorrow at Estadio Olimpico and it won’t have anything to do with the weather. The stadium opens almost a full eight hours before kickoff, and by the time the U.S. team gets there, it should be plenty full with the fans in full voice. You can check out a brief video tour of the stadium in tomorrow’s edition of Studio 90.
Michael Bradley signs in after getting his passport checked with the Match Commissioner
U.S. head coach Bob Bradley addresses the team before training
Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. We've got different reports as to how many fans the stadium actually seats. We've heard anywhere from 30-46,000. We're thinking there will be at least 50,000 packed into the stadium by kickoff
Michael Bradley winds up for a shot at training. The playing surface seems to be in good shape, perhaps a big spongy, but fairly flat and certainly very playable