If there was a single aspect of the USMNT’s exhilarating, thoroughly commanding 6-0 crushing of Honduras in last Friday’s critical World Cup qualifier that was less than perfect, it was at least one outside the purview of everyone involved.
In the leadup to the U.S. men’s national team’s critical World Cup qualifier tonight against Honduras, the usual and deserved attention has been predictably focused on Christian Pulisic, who, if you somehow still need an introduction, is the young American phenom lighting it up for Borussia Dortmund abroad and…
Motagua were on the cusp of sealing a big win late into their match against rivals Olimpia in the Honduran league last week. Then, up 2-1 with just seconds remaining, the Motagua keeper was beaten by two shots that hit the back of his net almost simultaneously. One goal was the equalizer, scored by an Olimpia player.…
Maybe you, like me, put on Brazil’s first two Olympic soccer matches in the background, halfway monitoring the excitement in the announcers’ voices so as to switch browser windows in time to see one of the presumed dozen or so goals this super-talented team would put past their group stage opponents. If so, you were…
Honduran midfielder Luis Garrido suffered tears to both his ACL and PCL in an absolutely harrowing-looking leg injury in the first half of a 2-0 defeat to Mexico in World Cup qualifying, according to Honduran paper Diario La Prensa. He will be out for a year.
Most sports fans already know that storming the field of play in anger is A) tacky; B) stupid; and C) dangerous. One particular Honduran fan, unconcerned with those realities, took the pitch wearing what looks like a Santa hat and was dealt a swift, acrobatic kick to the face by a player.
Yep, that's a goddamned banger.
The final matches of Group E are about to kick off, with France taking on Ecuador and Switzerland facing Honduras. Each team still has a chance to make the Round of 16, and this chart shows the various ways things could shake out.
We noted yesterday how awesome Colombian broadcast goal calls are, but Costa Rica and Ecuador are offering just as stiff a challenge. Here's every goal scored yesterday, as heard back in that country. (Costa Rica is above, from national radio. It includes singing.)
France made quick work of Honduras today, mostly thanks to a first half foul in the box that resulted in a French penalty and a second yellow for Honduras's Wilson Palacios. The game was put out of reach in the 48th minute when Karim Benzema's shot caromed off the post, deflected off the goalkeeper's arm, and rolled…
Calling Honduras a minnow isn't fair. Sure, Honduras are likely to ultimately be outclassed and eliminated in the group stage. But the two Group E teams that advance after playing the Central American side won't be leaving the experience behind them in the knockout stages. They'll have been pushed to the edge and…
Hey Muma, do you think I could get a picture? [purses lips, leans in] Too...too far? Too far.
After spending most of the first half pulling their usual "lay back, bomb it deep" style, the US broke through in the 36th minute. Jermaine Jones placed an overhead pass directly on the foot of Clint Dempsey, as the Honduras defender got turned around.
This group is still up in the air between Chile, Spain and zee Swiss. Honduras will be trying to not get hurt out there. Comment while you aren't wiping away the saliva.
Spain flopped in its opener to Switzerfuckingland, and Honduras — where soccer is in such a sorry state that Jonathan Bornstein is a national hero — is coming off a 1-0 loss to Chile. Discuss in the comments.
Day 6 kicks things off with two of the favorite countries of coup d'etat enthusiasts. Honduras's nickname, Los Catrachos, is based on a mispronunciation of the last name of a general who was the basis of a bizarre Ed Harris movie.