MNT Oct 8, 2009
The U.S. National Team has arrived in San Pedro Sula, Honduras after a quick two-hour, uneventful flight from Miami. The team touched down at approximately 3:18 p.m. Mountain Time, landing before they actually took off (it’s the whole time difference thing, not a time machine) and the transfer from plane to bus to hotel was as smooth as could be, with many friendly smiles from the locals on the tarmac and excellent security. Of course, that didn't mean that the bus wasn't tailed by a caravan of media, which started shooting pictures and video (out of the backs of pickup trucks and windows of cars) as soon as the team bus emerged from a secure part of the airport. The 30-minute drive to the hotel with a police escort, sirens wailing, certainly attracted more than a few onlookers, some of whom gave the bus the one-fingered peace sign, but there were certainly some friendly waves as well. Upon exiting the bus at the hotel, the players passed through the usual gauntlet of media that comes with any away World Cup qualifierand it was readily apparent that it's close to game time here in Honduras and that the country is buzzing with anticipation. San Pedro Sula is green and lush, but it was clear that this is a soccer country, not only because of the media hordes, but also the half dozen bumpy soccer fields the team bus passed on the way to the hotel. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra and assistant coach Mike Sorber will speak with the media tonight, and the team will train inside the stadium tomorrow. Long story short, the weather is great, the hotel is great and it could not have been a smoother travel day.
Honduras from the air. Hilly, green and with a lot of banana groves.
Jozy Altidore is happy to be in Honduras
How good a picture can you get from a moving car through a bus window?
Gooch navigates the throngs of Honduran media upon arrival at the team hotel