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#wegot3 USMNT get 3 points in crucial WCQ

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By Abigail Gerken @abigailgerken22

March 24: USMNT vs Honduras: 6-0 Win

USA Lineup : Tim Howard; Jorge Villafaña, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks (Tim Ream, 70), Geoff Cameron (Graham Zusi, 59); Michael Bradley (capt.), Sebastian Lletget (Alejandro Bedoya, 18), Christian Pulisic, Darlington Nagbe; Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore

The USMNT beat Honduras 6-0 in a huge World Cup qualifying game. They are in the “Hex” which is 6 CONCACAF teams (USA, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras, Panamá, and Costa RIca) competing against each other for 3 spots in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The 6 teams will all play each other twice (one home and one away), and the 3 teams with the most points will automatically qualify for the World Cup, the team in 4th place will have to play an inter-confederation play-in game to qualify.

Prior to this game, the USMNT were in last place, with 0 points in 2 games. They lost to Mexico 2-1 on November 11th, and they also lost to Costa Rica 4-0 on November 15th.

The goal scorers for this game were Clint Dempsey (3), Sebastian Lletget (1), Michael Bradley (1) and Christian Pulisic (1).

The Budweiser Man of the Match Clint Dempsey scored his first goals since June 16th, 2016 during the Copa America. He has been sidelined from national team duty after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying – CONCACAF rankings as they stand

TEAM GP W L D Pts. GF GA GD
Mexico 3 2 0 1 7 4 1 3
Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 6 6 2 4
Panama 3 1 1 1 4 1 1 0
United States 3 1 2 0 3 7 6 1
Trinidad & Tobago 3 1 2 0 3 2 5 -3
Honduras 3 1 2 0 3 3 8 -5

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USMNT World Cup Qualifying Roster Reveal

By Abigail Gerken: @abigailgerken22

Head coach Bruce Arena has just announced the 24 men that will take on Honduras and Panama in order to hopefully qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

USMNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan, Tim Howard , Nick Rimando

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley , John Brooks,  Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez , Michael Orozco, Tim Ream , Jorge Villafaña, Walker Zimmerman

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta , Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley , Jermaine Jones, Fabian Johnson, Sebastian Lletget , Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore , Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris , Bobby Wood

Key notes:

DeAndre Yedlin: The 23 year old right back was left off the roster because of an injury he picked up with his club Newcastle. They are awaiting a second opinion on his thigh injury. This is a key loss to the USMNT since DeAndre has been a consistent part of the team with 43 caps since 2014.

Clint Dempsey’s return: After being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat causing him to not be with the USMNT since the 2016 Copa America, the Clint Dempsey is making his way back into the national team. This is a major bonus for the USMNT as they get their 2nd all-time leading goal scorer back into their artillery.

Christian Pulisic: The 18 year old has been on fire lately. He scored 3 goals in 4 matches for his club Borussia Dortmund . Including the opening goal in a 3-0 win in UEFA Champions League play. He became the youngest person to score in champions league for Borussia Dortmund This is great momentum going into these crucial games for his country.

The USMNT play Honduras at Avaya Stadium on March 24 (10:30 pm ET | FS1, UniMás) and Panama on March 28 (10 pm ET | beIN Sports).

Cover picture courtesy: @nickrimando

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