US soccer team faces another crucial test against Honduras – Los Angeles Times

Things are heating up for the U.S. in soccer World Cup qualifying. And we’re not talking about the Americans’ suddenly precarious position in the six-team CONCACAF tournament, although we’ll get to that in a bit.

First let’s talk about the weather. It was 91 degrees with 67% humidity when the U.S. team took the field for a Monday morning training session at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. According to the heat index, it felt like 107 degrees or, as they call it in Honduras, a cold snap.

With scattered thunderstorms forecast for Tuesday, the index is expected to tick up slightly before the mid-afternoon kickoff. So no one on the U.S. side was sidestepping the fact weather will have a big impact on what is a crucial qualifier for both teams. (BeIN Sports, Telemundo, NBC Universo, 2:30 p.m. PDT).

“It’s going to be a grind in every sense of the word,” Michael Bradley said. “We understand that. We have no problem with that. This is our reality.”

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