Originally written on Finishers Forum  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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When you look back at that most recent Honduras WC qualifier game. With about a month’s worth of additional hindsight. You see a relatively hot Honduran team (undefeated in their last 5 WCQ matches), playing in one of the loudest and largest venues in the CONCACAF, in front of a home crowd that had just been granted a national holiday for the sole purpose of viewing that game. Winning that match on the road was always going to be a mammoth task for the United States, so the fact that they ultimately did not win shouldn’t signal the end of the world. We could easily rationalize the loss as yet another Jurgen Klinnsman era growing pain and simply move on like we have from the numerous other humbling soccer experiences we have suffered in Central America over the years. Well, we could have done that… except that Brian Straus’ latest article makes that nearly impossible. Paradise may be an exaggeration, but whatever state you think the USMNT currently exists in, it appears to be fraught...
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