Gold Cup Update 2.0 -- A look ahead to USA vs. Honduras and some notes on Costa Rica

SOCCER: JUN 06 FIFA World Cup Qualifier - Honduras v USA

Fire midfielder Logan Pause and the U.S. National Team are all set to take on Honduras tonight (8 p.m. FSC/TeleFutura) in the Americans second match of Gold Cup play.

The U.S. and Honduras, who last played each other in June's World Cup Qualifying match that saw the Americans win 2-1 at Soldier Field, are currently tied atop of the Gold Cup's Group B.

Honduras, who (like the U.S) brought a 'B' team to the Gold Cup, beat Haiti 1-0 in their first game of the tournament and should be a pretty tough opponent for the American squad.

"This is going to be a much better [match]," said U.S. Head Coach (and former Fire head man) Bob Bradley to ussoccer.com. "We expect that this is the game for putting ourselves in position to win the group."
Like I mentioned in yesterday's piece, I don't really expect Logan to get the start tonight. It would be nice to see him get his second cap but after playing a full 90 on Saturday coupled with the long trip from Seattle to D.C. I don't really see that happening.

I'm predicting that the U.S. will defeat Honduras tonight by a score of 2-0. A win tonight will make qualification for the Gold Cup's next round a mere formality for the U.S. and increases the chances that we could see them in Chicago for the semifinal round.

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On a separate note, Gonzalo Segares and Costa Rica rebounded from last Friday's upset loss to El Salvador with a 2-0 win over Jamaica last night. Gonzalo did not play in the match which put Costa Rica into third place in Group A. The 'Ticos will need a win against first-place Canada on Friday to keep their qualification hopes alive.

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I'll be heading out to the Fire's practice tomorrow (assuming the weather clears up so they can hold training of course...) so keep your eyes peeled for that. Also, I will be getting into the process of trying to secure an interview with Logan Pause to talk about his experiences with the National Team at the Gold Cup relatively soon so if you have any questions you would like me to ask him (or any other Fire player) just post them in the comments section below or shoot me an email.

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  • thanks for the update....no cubs game thursday, i may swing by training and say hey..

  • Logan did get the start tonight. Still early on in the game though.

  • As I mentioned in the previous comment, Fire midfielder Logan Pause did get the start for the U.S.'s 2-0 win against Honduras. Logan was subbed out in the 63rd minute of the game (before either American goal)and did a good job for the 'Nats in his second cap.

  • Forgot to share this in the previous comment but here is a link to a full match report.

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=266860&cc=5901&league=CONCACAF.GOLD

  • bradley plays pause to prove you wrong then the team proves you right..not bad

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