Oranges Slices: USA vs. Honduras …Again

Orange Slices! USA vs. Costa Rica

Orange Slices is our game day, catch-all post that we update throughout the day and also serves as the place for you to drop comments like, “I can’t believe Klinsmann started 12 midfielders from the Primera!”.

Three games. No wins. One goal. Yikes. Sort of…

According to our poll Friday, US fans favor the following today when the United States takes the field at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida to face-off with familiar CONCACAF foe Honduras:

Neither a win or a loss, but a a few goals and for the US to dictate tempo.

Ah, the tempo. The elusive dominant performance that escapes the States against all opponents big and small.

That, however, may change in the Klinsmann Era. Today, is another observation.


Fox Soccer and Univision. Coverage begins at 5:3opm ET, 2:30pm PT.

Kickoff at 6pm ET, 3pm PT.

As always if you have a stream for the ex-pats drop it below.


The new USMNT Bavarian recruit: Danny Williams...

TSG Coverage:


Around the web:

Carlisle: US searching for first win under Klinsmann

The Yanks Are Comings: Jon Levy with a preview and on “life without Landon.”

Greg Seltzer breaks down the left flankers (and more.)

Grantland: Bill Barnwell says Marvell Wynne is the next Beckenbaurer


Weather: Sloshball! Grab the kickball, tell your favorite sweetheart to dress in skimpy shorts, don the eyeback, and grab a 6-pack!

The States may be puddle-jumping tomorrow. After torrential downpours blanketed Pink Flamingo Land on Friday, Saturday will see more of the same. Let’s see if it really is Nike Dri-Fit.


First, might we recommend a book to you. “In Search of Captain Zero,” by Allan Weisbecker.  In the softcover, Weisbecker tells the tale of heading down through central America to locate a former surf buddy who he used to run drugs with.

What jogged our memory on the work? Weisbecker was a lead writer for the popular 80’s TV drama, Miami Vice.

Anywho? Can’t mention Florida surf without mentioning the Hobgood twins Kelly Slater, who hails from three hours north in Cocoa Beach.

As for that elusive surf report, cloudy with a chance of meatballs. Actually it’s post-Hurricane season, so if you’re getting out before the game it’s probably going to be choppy with short period swell. In other words, at least the water is warm.

Conor’s Corner

C’mon nearly impossible to mention a Honduras game without the thrilling USA-Honduras qualifier in San Pedro Sula two years ago, nearly two the day.

Or as most know it, the Conor Casey game.

Our write-up, drunk on Guinness and euphoric from a great pub crowd is here. One of our favorites we’ve written.


Quick hitters:

  • The U.S. holds a lifetime record of 15-3-9 in the state of Florida.
  • The team has played 25 times in this state in the last two decades.
  • The U.S. is making its first visit to Sun Life Stadium since Feb. 21, 1998, a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands.
  • The U.S. holds an 11-3-3 lifetime record against Honduras in a series dating back to 1965.
  • The teams have faced each other five times since 2009, the U.S. collecting a 4-1-0 record. Four of those matches came in official competition, all won by the United States.

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jen on 2011/10/08 at 5:40 AM

    Man, the weather sucks here today (I’m about 15 min from the stadium on a good traffic day). We had such a nice week of weather; mid-upper 80s and a nice breeze and then last night the floodgates opened. Was already pouring here at 7:30. Found my poncho and am ready to sit in the rain. Hopefully the lightning holds off.


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/10/08 at 6:42 AM

    Who doesn’t want to see this on the touchline tonight?


  3. Posted by dth on 2011/10/08 at 7:21 AM

    It’s sad that when I got rickrolled by that “barnwell” link, I really believed he might have written that.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/10/08 at 7:39 AM

      We often disagree DTH — today you made my day. :>


      • Posted by dth on 2011/10/08 at 9:33 AM

        Glad I could bring a little joy.

        It’s funny how many Marvell Wynne apologias we’ve read recently–Schaerlaeckens stuck up for him, which, you know, and then Greg Seltzer advocated for him. I felt, like Mugatu, that I was taking crazy pills.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/10/08 at 12:28 PM

          Marvell is the Bornstein of USMNT journalists.

          Funny that a player like Parkhurst who is technically and mentally sound doesn’t garner a mention, but if a player with wynne’S speed and strength comes round the hype machine churns.


          • Posted by dth on 2011/10/08 at 1:01 PM

            Parkhurst plays in Denmark–there’s your problem right there.

            It’s why whenever I read an inflated scouting report of Josh Gatt I think “So…you haven’t been watching him much, right?” He’s still soooo raw.


    • Posted by Crow on 2011/10/08 at 1:46 PM

      The worst thing about the “Rick Roll” is now with Vevo they slap the ad on first, and it loses its effect.

      BTW- I clicked on the link even though I had read it was a Rick Roll.

      Someone needs to trap Bill Barnwell in a room with a feed of USA/Costa Rica 2009 playing on repeat to cure him of his Marvell Wynne fascination. Wynne’s performance in that game made me never want to see him again under any circumstances. Wynne’s performance made Jonathan Spector the rest of 2009 look like Maicon.


  4. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/10/08 at 7:26 AM

    The 15-3-9 in the state of Florida and 3-10-4 in Miami stats seem to be inconsistent with each other.


  5. Posted by John Henry on 2011/10/08 at 2:48 PM

    That was a rickroll from a mile away, but i still clicked it and I still laughed. Mostly at Barnwell.


  6. Posted by Crow on 2011/10/08 at 3:00 PM

    Links for a feed of the game?


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