US To Face Honduras and Northern Ireland

US To Face Honduras and Northern Ireland

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 7, 2009
  • Honduras, International Friendlies, Northern Ireland

Two friendlies are close to being officially announced for the US national team’s 2010 World Cup warm up schedule.

According to reports out of Honduras, the US men’s national team will face fellow World Cup participant Honduras on Sunday, January 24 at Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

The other looks to be trying to finalize a friendly with Northern Ireland, with the match potentially being played in March or May.

There is also still the rumored Holland game still left on the table for sometime in March. The game has been listed on the FIFA website for a couple months now and it should be announced by the end of the month as well.

Apparently the Honduras game’s date is in question according to SBI. Which means it will mostly be MLS-based players playing in the game with a few European players sprinkled in. With the day not being a proper FIFA fixture date it means European clubs aren’t required to release players for a friendly.

I saw the Northern Ireland report yesterday afternoon and thought the idea of facing them was very good as a World Cup tuneup. Northern Ireland faced fellow Group C member Slovenia and was defeated 1-0 by this Northern Ireland squad. Plus their club plays similar to England.

So potentially the US could be facing Honduras, Holland and Northern Ireland next year. Not bad really if you ask me. Its a good start at least for those tune ups leading up to June’s World Cup.