ONE TO GO: The U.S. will hold its final training session this afternoon in Foxboro, just over 24 hours before their final pre-World Cup qualifying tune-up against Honduras. Kickoff for the match is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World and HDNet. The match will also be shown via Telemundo via tape delay at 11:30 ET. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Clint Mathis suffered a bruised heel in training yesterday and his status for today's session is uncertain. The U.S. team is otherwise healthy and fit, and the Honduran team is expected to arrive into the Boston area today.
* The team reached its full complement yesterday, MetroStars goalkeeper Jonny Walker the last to report after his side's 1- 0 win against Kansas City on Sunday. The ten European-based players began training at Harvard on Friday, with the rest of the MLS contingent joining Sunday.
* U.S. captain Claudio Reyna will become the seventh American man in team history to reach 100 caps when he leads the side onto the field tomorrow night. He becomes the second U.S. player to earn No. 100 in Foxboro, joining former U.S. defender and HDNet color commentator Marcelo Balboa, who was the first player to the century mark back on June 11, 1995. More on the 100 cap club later.
* Hot on his heels is D.C. United midfielder Earnie Stewart, who can notch #98 with a showing tomorrow night. He played 13 times for the USA in 2003, the most appearances in one year in his 13-year international career. Stewart is the all-time U.S. leader in World Cup qualifying appearances (27) and goals (9).
* Reyna's pending 100th appearance was honored Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park when Reyna threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Red Sox game against Seattle. The right-hander's off-speed pitch was a little high and outside.
* Tim Howard is set to make his first appearance for the USA since a 0-0 draw with Cameroon on June 23, 2003. That match was the last match of group play in the 2003 FIFA Confederation's Cup in France, and gave the U.S. their only point in the tournament.
* Foxboro is also the site of Howard's last game in a MetroStars uniform, a 3-3 draw with the Revs on July 12, 2003
* The U.S. has posted a 2-1-2 record in 2004, including consecutive 1-0 shutout victories against Poland and previously fourth-ranked Mexico. Next generation stars DaMarcus Beasley and Bobby Convey hold the lead for both games and minutes played for the USA in 2004, each appearing in five games and logging 405 minutes of action.
* The U.S. has a 4-3-2 all-time record against Honduras that dates back to 1965. Wednesday's showdown will mark the second meeting ever between U.S. Manager Bruce Arena and Bora Milutinovic, who served as U.S. coach from 1991-95. The first matchup came when Bora headed China's effort to qualify for Korea/Japan, with the U.S. grabbing a 2-1 win on Jan. 27, 2001 in Oakland, Calif.
* Eight players on the U.S. roster appeared in the last meeting against Honduras, a 4-0 pasting on March 2, 2002 in Seattle. Landon Donovan and Clint Mathis each recorded a pair of goals in the shutout win, and were joined on the pitch by Chris Armas, Beasley, Convey, Eddie Lewis, Pablo Mastroeni and Brian McBride.
* Mathis scored one the biggest goals of his national team career against the "Catrachos", a wicked free kick in 87th minute lifting the U.S. to a crucial 2-1 win in the second game of final round World Cup qualifying on March 28, 2001 in San Pedro Sula. His goal scoring partner that day was the aforementioned Earnie Stewart.
* The Fulham duo of Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra come to Boston having helped their side finish ninth in the English Premier League, the highest finish in club history. McBride, with 23 career international goals for the senior team, is still one goal shy of second place on the USA’s all-time goal-scoring list behind New England Revolution forward Joe-Max Moore
* Recent MNT debutante Conor Casey has been in fine form for his club in Germany, his 14 goals for Karlsruhe good for fourth place on the Second Bundesliga’s scoring charts. Tallying the lone goal in his final match, he helped Karlsruhe avoid relegation and has been signed to newly promoted FSV Mainz, where he will make his debut in Germany's top division
* San Jose Earthquakes forward Landon Donovan, who earned Chevrolet Man of the Match honors for his dominating performance in the 1-0 win against Mexico on April 28 in Dallas, has been on fire of late in league play, now tied for second place on the MLS scoring charts with eight points (2G, 4A)
* Jonny Walker and Amado Guevara will trade club colors for national team kits Wednesday, the MetroStars duo facing off for the first time as international opponents. Guevara is the all-time cap winner for Honduras, having appeared 74 times.
MNT 100 CAP CLUB: When U.S. Men's National Team captain Claudio Reyna plays in his 100th international game on Wednesday night against Honduras in Foxboro, Mass., he will join six American men in the exclusive 100 Cap Club. Each player before him reached the century mark in a unique and, in some cases, historic way. With Claudio’s story yet to unfold, here is a recap of the memorable ways in which the previous six players made their 100th appearance for the United States. Read the full story here:
Player Date Opponent Overview
Marcelo Balboa June 11, 1995 Nigeria Scored goal in 3-2 U.S. Cup victory
Paul Caliguiri July 14, 1995 Argentina Historic 3-0 upset win in 1995 Copa America
Cobi Jones Feb. 10, 1998 Brazil Only U.S. victory over Brazil comes in Gold Cup
Eric Wynalda June 15, 1998 Germany Opening game of the 1998 World Cup in France
Jeff Agoos June 3, 2000 South Africa RFK hosts only U.S. game against South Africa
Joe-Max Moore June 14, 2002 Poland First round 2002 World Cup game in Korea
GUEST MATCHTRACKER: Former U.S. MNT assistant coach and 2003 MLS Coach of the Year Dave Sarachan will provide color analysis for the U.S. vs. Honduras match Wednesday on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Sarachan served three years as the assistant coach under Arena from 2000-02. Sarachan becomes the second Guest MatchTracker, after former U.S. international Jeff Agoos provided his insight on the USA's 1-0 win against Mexico in Dallas.
USA V. HONDURAS – BY THE NUMBERS:
SERIES RECORD: 4-3-2 (since 1965)
U.S. Goals: 13 Honduras Goals: 10
* Four of the matches have been played in Honduras, five on U.S. soil
* The U.S. record at home is 2-1-2, including three shutouts
* The teams have met four times in World Cup qualifying, with the USA holding a 2-1-1 advantage. Both victories came in San Pedro Sula, the first on March 17, 1965
On the field for USA
April 28, 2004 – The Cotton Bowl - Dallas, Texas - Friendly
USA 1 Eddie Pope 93+
USA — 1-Jonny Walker; 2- Frankie Hejduk, 23-Eddie Pope (Capt.), 25-Pablo Mastroeni, 15-Bobby Convey; 14-Chris Armas, 5-Kerry Zavagnin, 10-Landon Donovan, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 16-Josh Wolff (20-Taylor Twellman, 66), 11-Conor Casey (9-Jovan Kirovski, 84).
MEX — 1-Oswaldo Sanchez, 5-Duilio Davino, 14-Francisco Rodriguez, 20-Ricardo Osorio; 2-Diego Martinez, 8-Pavel Pardo (19-Israel Lopez, 46), 23-Luis Perez, 7-Octavio Valdez (11-Emilio Mora, 67), 21-Hector Altamirano (6-Mario Perez, 61); 9-Jared Borguetti (3-Omar Briceno, 80), 10-Omar Bravo
On the field for Honduras
April 28, 2004 - Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Friendly
Honduras 1 Pavon 31
Ecuador 1 Ordóñez 82
ECU: Jacinto Espinoza; Erick De Jesús, Jorge Guagua, Giovanni Espinoza, Néicer Reasco; Alfonso Obregón (David Quiroz), Marlon Ayoví (Evelio Ordóñez), Paúl Ambrossi (Kléber Chalá), Antonio Valencia (Ángel Fernández); Agustín Delgado, Franklin Salas.
HON: Noel Valladares; Edgar Álvarez (Wilson Palacios), Junior Izaguirre, Maynor Figueroa, Roy Posas (Víctor Bernández); Amado Guevara, Iván Guerrero (Erick González), Nery Medina, Víctor Mena; Julio De León (Erick Martínez), Carlos Pavón (Milton Núñez).
March 2, 2002 – Safeco Field — Seattle, Wash. – Friendly
USA 4 Mathis 14, 59; Donovan 44, 67
USA — 18-Kasey Keller (capt.); 8-Richard Mulrooney, 25-Pablo Mastroeni, 23-Eddie Pope, 12-Jeff Agoos (7-Eddie Lewis, 46); 14-Chris Armas (16-Richie Williams, 62), 10-Brian Maisonneuve (17-Brian West, 46), 21-Landon Donovan, 19-DaMarcus Beasley (6-Bobby Convey, 62); 9-Clint Mathis (11-Jeff Cunningham, 67), 20-Brian McBride.
HON — 1-Victor Coello; 3- David Carcamo, 5-Sergio Mendoza, 6-Jaime Rosales, 14-Rony Morales; 7-Robel Bernardez (2-Oscar Bonilla, 81), 8-Jose Luis Pineda (capt.), 15-Edgar Alvarez, 19-Daniel Turcios (4-Junior Izaguirre, 89); 18-Saul Martinez (16-Jerry Palacios, 80), 21-Limberth Perez (10-Cesar Obando, 61).
DID YOU KNOW? Claudio Reyna received his first cap in Phoenix on Jan. 15, 1994 against Norway from then-U.S. coach Bora Milutinovic. At the time, Reyna was a 20-year old student at the University of Virginia. His college coach? Bruce Arena.
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