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Gold Cup Preview: USA - Honduras


USA (4-1-4-1): Rimando; Parkhurst, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman; Corona, Diskerud, Donovan, Torres; E. Johnson.


GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Jose Torres (Tigres)

FORWARDS: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)


Honduras (4-5-1): Escober; Chavez, Beckeles, Garcia, Medina; Najar, Lopez, Chavez, Claros, Delgado, Rojas


GOALKEEPERS: Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernández (Real España), José Mendoza (Free agent)

DEFENDERS: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Johnny Palacios (Olimpia), David Velásquez (Victoria), Juan Carlos García (Olimpia), Orlin Peralta (Motagua), Wálter Williams (Real Sociedad), Osman Chávez (Wisla Krakow/Poland)

MIDFIELDERS: Jorge Claros (Hibernian/Scotland), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Andy Najar (Anderlecht/Belgium), Efraín López (Real Sociedad), Marvin Chávez (San Jose Earthquakes), Alex López (Olimpia), Mario Martínez (Seattle Sounders), Mario Berrios (Marathón), Omar Elvir (Motagua)

FORWARDS: Rony Martínez (Real Sociedad), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad), Roger Rojas (Olimpia), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense/Costa Rica)


  • The USA reached the Gold Cup semifinal after a dominating 5-1 win over El Salvador. In the team's four Gold Cup games so far, it has outscored its opponents 16-3.

  • Honduras advanced to the semifinal after a 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Sunday. Andy Najar scored his first international goal to seal the victory.

  • These two teams met last month in a World Cup qualifying match in Salt Lake City. Jozy Altidore scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 win for the USA.

  • After scoring a goal and adding three assists against El Salvador, Landon Donovan now has five goals and seven assists in five matches since his return to the national team.

  • Honduras has equaled its best-ever showing at a Gold Cup. The Catrachos have lost in the semifinal stage in the last two tournaments.

  • Chris Wondolowski is tied with Panama's Gabriel Torres for the most goals scored in the tournament so far with five.
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