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U.S. MNT Set for Honduras Clash on Saturday


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (March 18, 2005) - ussoccer.com has compiled a comprehensive look at the matchup against Honduras in the game two of the U.S. national team's own version of  March madness. From stats and scores, to highlights and notes, ussoccer.com is the best place to find info as the USA's 2005 campaign continues at University Stadium on Sat., March 19 in Albuquerque. Kickoff for the match is set for 2 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and HDNet. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

U.S. ROSTER FOR HONDURAS SET: A few changes have been made to the U.S. roster since the Colombia match nine days ago. Gone are Eddie Gaven (U-20's) and Frankie Hejduk (ankle injury), while Reading FC midfielder Bobby Convey joined camp midweek and Kerry Zavagnin returns after the Kansas City Wizards were sent of out of the CONCACAF Champions Cup on Thursday after falling to Deportivo Saprissa in the extra-time tiebreaker after a 1-1 draw in regulation.  The full U.S. roster:
U.S. Roster v. Honduras
Goalkeepers (3) - Jon Busch (Columbus Crew), Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids), Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Defenders (4) - Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nat Borchers (Colorado Rapids), Ritchie Kotschau (Colorado Rapids), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)
Midfielders (8) - Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Clint Mathis (Real Salt Lake), Brian Mullan (San Jose Earthquakes), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution), Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards)
Forwards (4) - Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (F.C. Dallas), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)

BY THE NUMBERS: Do you know which U.S. international earned his 100th cap against Honduras, and when? Can you name which player on the current squad is tied for the most U.S. goals scored all-time against Honduras? Do you know which 16-year streak was broken by the Hondurans in 2001? For the complete statistical breakdown of the U.S.- Honduras series, click here.

ALL_ACCESS - RAPID REVIEW: All_Access, the exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the U.S. MNT, will track the team's progress throughout this exciting month of action. In today's installment, take a look back at Tuesday's 80-minute scrimmage against the Colorado Rapids, with highlights of the U.S. goals as narrated by Steve Ralston.  For all the latest All_Access video, click here.

USA V. MEXICO EN VIVO: For the first time in U.S. Soccer history, an away qualifier in Mexico will be broadcast live on English language television. ESPN2 will televise the March 27 match from the Estadio Azteca at 1 p.m. ET. With both qualifying matches in March being broadcast live on ESPN2 (including the USA-Guatemala match on March 30 from Birmingham, Ala.), the USA will have seen all 10 of their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches aired live in the United States across the past 10 months. The match can also be seen live on Telemundo, and fans can follow the action on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics

ONE DONE, TWO MORE EXPECTING: Three players on the current squad are building rosters of their own.  Pablo and Kelly Mastroeni welcomed son Gianluca to their family March 15.  Ritchie and Meredith Kotschau are expecting their first child any day. To kickoff off the MLS campaign, Brian and Kersten Mullan will welcome their first child on April 14.

THEY SAID IT: "It was honor to be a part of a group that worked so hard for each other. You never know what to expect with so many guys you haven’t played in a match with before, and it was incredible what the response was and the level at which we were able to perform. We got a victory with a relatively inexperienced group of MLS players against a quality team. It speaks volumes about where this national team is going." --U.S. midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, on the experience of captaining the team against Colombia.

QUICK HITS:

  • All 19 players traveled to Albuquerque on Thursday afternoon.  San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Brian Mullan suffered a mild ankle sprain Thursday in training but is expected to be available for Saturday's match.  No other injuries have been reported.
  • Saturday's forecast calls for a high temperature of 58 degrees with a chance of showers. On the altitude front, University Stadium sits at an elevation of approximately 5,300 feet.
  • The U.S. is currently riding a record setting 15-match unbeaten run, the last loss coming over a year ago when they fell 1-0 to Holland on Feb. 18, 2004 in Amsterdam. The team has posted a 10-0-5 record during the streak, amassing a remarkable 32 goals scored while giving up only eight and collecting eight shutouts.
  • The U.S. is 5-2-3 all-time vs. Honduras in a series that dates back to a 1-0 win for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying play in 1965.
  • The U.S. is coming off of a pair of 4-0 wins in consecutive friendly matches vs. Honduras in 2002 and 2004, with the most recent being played on June 2 of last year in Foxboro, Mass.
  • In that game, a warm up for the opening match of World Cup qualifying for the U.S., forward Brian McBride scored a pair of goals to move into second on the U.S. career scoring chart.
  • Only two players on Saturday's roster appeared in that match, as both Bobby Convey and Pablo Mastroeni entered at the beginning of the second half.
  • Four players made their international debuts in the 3-0 win against Colombia on March 9 in Fullerton, Calif.: Nat Borchers, Jon Busch, Ritchie Kotschau, and Chad Marshall.
    A total of six players got their first starts that day.  In addition to the three players in italics above, add Clint Dempsey, Brian Mullan, and Pat Noonan.
  • Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall joined an elite list of U.S. Men's National Team players by becoming just the eighth player since 1986 to score a goal in his first-ever appearance with the team.  Marshall scored the second goal against Colombia on a diving header of an assist from Steve Ralston.  Ralston also set up the game's first goal for Revolution teammate Pat Noonan, who registered his first goal for the senior team [to view ussoccer.com's exclusive video of both goals, click here ].
  • Jon Busch became just the seventh player in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team to earn a shutout in his first cap with the team, making making two saves on nine shots.  Additionally, the veteran goalkeeper is one of just five players to earn a shutout victory in his first cap.
  • Eddie Johnson's consecutive-game scoring streak ended at four after he was kept off the scoresheet against Colombia.  His four-game streak also happened to be his first four games with the senior team, making him the first player in MNT history to score in his first four matches and tied William Looby (1955) and Brian McBride (2001) as the only players to score goals in four consecutive games.
  • Johnson now has six goals in five games with the MNT and is already tied for third in all-time World Cup qualifying scoring for the U.S., just one behind McBride and three behind Earnie Stewart.
  • When Nat Borchers entered the Colombia game in the 86th minute, he became the 100th player to play at least one game during the seven-year tenure of U.S. Manager Bruce Arena.
  • Colorado Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni was handed the captain's armband for the first time in his international career, becoming the 17th player to earn the honor with Arena in charge.
  • Clint Mathis is the leading capwinner on Saturday's roster, having compiled 45 appearances and 12 goals in an international career that began in 1998.  His goal against Colombia was his first since Jan. 18, 2003, a span of 17 matches.
  • The U.S. national team is making their second-ever trip to New Mexico. Previously at University Stadium, the U.S. dropped a 2-0 decision to Chile in front of 15,610 fans on April 30, 1994, just two months prior to the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

LAST TIME...

On the field for the USA
March 9, 2005 – Titan Stadium, Fullerton, Calif. – International Friendly
USA    3    Pat Noonan 25, Chad Marshall 33, Clint Mathis 66  
COL    0  
Att: 7,086

USA: 18-Jon Busch; 7-Brian Mullan, 12-Chad Marshall, 3- Ritchie Kotschau, 5-Chris Albright; 25-Pablo Mastroeni (Capt.; Nat Borchers, 86), 8-Clint Dempsey, 14-Steve Ralston (24-Eddie Gaven, 76), 11-Clint Mathis (20-Taylor Twellman, 68; ejected, 76), 13-Pat Noonan (10-Kyle Martino, 83); 9-Eddie Johnson (21-Brian Ching, 71).
Subs not used: 1-Joe Cannon, 22-Kevin Hartman.

COL: 1-Juan Carlos Henao; 5- Andrés Orozco, 3- Aquivaldo Mosquera (2-Julián De La Cuesta, 46), 6-César Fawcett (4-Humberto Mendoza); 17-Juan Ramirez (Capt.; 16-Héctor Hurtado, 46), 7- Edixon Perea (13-Andrés Casañas, 46), 10-Victor Pacheco (14-Hugo Rodallega, 61), 21-John Restrepo, 19-Camilo Zúñiga (23-John Viáfara, 46), 18-Luis Gabriel Rey (8-Aldo Ramírez, 77).
Subs not used: 12-Breiner Castillo.

On the field for Honduras
February 27, 2005 – Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala – UNCAF Nations Cup, Final
HON    1    Milton Nunez 58
CRC    1    Whayne Wilson 68
*Costa Rica won 7-6 in penalties

HON –Victor Coello, Darwin Pacheco, Sergio Mendoza, Erick Vallecillo, Wilson Palacios (Milton Reyes, 67), Mario Berrios, Dennis Ferrera, Mario Ivan Guerrero, Walter Lopez, Wilmer Velasquez, Milton Nunez.

CRC – Jose Francisco Porras, Michael Umana, Berny Pena, Junior Diaz, Roy Myrie, Douglas Sequeira, Danny Fonseca, Geiner Segura (Johnny Cubero, 64), Alonso Solis (Jafet Soto, 58), Whayne Wilson, Erick Scott (Ever Alfaro, 91).

Vs. Honduras
June  2, 2004 – Gilette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusettes – International Friendly
USA     4    Brian McBride 22, 37; Eddie Lewis 77; Tony Sanneh 81
HON    0  
Att: 11,533

USA – 13-Tim Howard; 6- Steve Cherundolo, 22-Tony Sanneh, 4-Carlos Bocanegra (12-Cory Gibbs, 72), 3-Greg Vanney (15-Bobby Convey, 46); 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 14-Chris Armas (25-Pablo Mastroeni, 46), 21-Landon Donovan, 17-DaMarcus Beasley (7-Eddie Lewis, 46); 20-Brian McBride, 9-Conor Casey (8-Earnie Stewart, 63).
Subs not used: 24-Jonny Walker.

HON – 25-Victor Coello (1-Hector Medina, 15); 6-Milton Palacios (24-Victor Bernardez, 46), 2-Nery Medina, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 23-Mauricio Sabillon (17-Roy Posas, 73), 16-Victor Mena, 20-Amado Guevara (capt.), 12-Maynor Suazo, 14-Wilson Palacios (5-Elmer Marin, 63); 9-Carlos Pavon (11-Milton Nunez, 59), 8-Jerry Palacios (13-Emil Martinez, 46).
Subs not used: 4-Junior Izaguirre, 15-Elkin Gonzalez, 21-Wilmer Velasquez.

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