UPDATE: Here is the Starting XI for Thursday’s USMNT-Honduras match. Notably, Christian Pulisic will be playing.
With an average age of 23 years, 259 days, tonight’s Starting XI is the second youngest fielded by the #USMNT in official competition. #TheFutureisUS— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 3, 2021
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The 2021 CONCACAF Nations League semifinals are Thursday, June 3, and will take place at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. Four teams will be featured in two games at the venue, but let’s focus on the matchup between the United States and Honduras, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will air on CBS Sports Network.
Team USA has been dominant throughout the tournament and boasts a goal differential of plus-12 through four games. America’s offense is flourishing thanks to an abundance of young talent that’s taking soccer by storm in the English Premier League, Bundesliga, and domestically. Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris leads all League A players with four goals, but there are plenty of other more exciting players worth keeping an eye on.
USA players to watch: Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Sergino Dest
Honduras boasts a plus-7 goal differential despite only scoring eight goals. While its group wasn’t quite as strong as the USA’s, its defense has been extremely impressive. Honduras is the far more experienced side. It’ll lean on the leadership of Maynor Figueroa to hold things together in the back, while Boniek Garcia organizes the midfield. There might not be a ton of goal-scoring opportunities, but Honduras’s star forward — Anthony Lozano — has been able to carry the offense so far.
Honduras players to watch: Alberth Elis, Jorge Benguche, Anthony Lozano
How to watch USA vs. Honduras
Date: Thursday, June 3
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: CBS Sports Network, Univision
Live stream: TUDN, Paramount+
Current odds for USA vs. Honduras
Moneyline: USA -235, Honduras +900, Tie +300
Our pick: USA
The USA has won three of the four CONCACAF Nation’s league games that it’s played so far and has won by an average of more than four goals. It hasn’t lost in its last five matches against Honduras and has managed to tally three wins and two draws against the Central American squad since 2013. Unlike the USA, Honduras hasn’t even faced a top-100 team in the world rankings. It’s concerning to see a draw against Martinique on its list of results, and a top-20 team like the USA should roll by with an average performance because of its talent advantage.