|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Gold Cup Group B action for CONCACAF soccer will resume as the United States will host Honduras at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Gold Cup fans were impressed with the Americans in their CONCACAF opener as they blew away Grenada 4-0.
In that opening Gold Cup win at Seattle Robbie Rogers was named “Man of the Match” as he scored a goal and added 2 assists. It was Rogers second appearance for the United States national team. Freddy Adu and Stuart Holden also scored goals in the CONCACAF opener while Charlie Davies also tallied for the Stars and Stripes.
It was the second largest goal total for the Americans in their Gold Cup history as the Americans beat Cuba 5-0 in 2003 for the record. They have scored 4 goals on 3 other occasions in Gold Cup competition. The United States had a large 10-1 shots on goal advantage over Grenada. Troy Perkins had an easy Gold Cup win in goal for the Americans.
Honduras had a far more dramatic Gold Cup opener as they needed a header goal from Carlo Costly at the 76 minute mark to escape with a 1-0 win over Haiti. Honduras is still in the running for a World Cup berth and top players such as Amado Guevara and Wilson Palacios have been left off of the Gold Cup roster by manager Reinaldo Rueda, which makes Honduras something of a “B” team for this event.
Adu is a mid fielder for the United States and is one of the most important members of the team and will be a key towards their Gold Cup success. A native of Ghana he currently plays on AS Monaco as his regular club in the Ligue 1. He signed a professional contract at the age of 14 with DC United of Major League Soccer.
Rogers is a 22 year old mid fielder that plays in Major League Soccer with the Columbus Crew. He has been involved with the US National Team since 2004.
Perkins is an American native that plays goal regularly for Valerenga IF where he signed a 5 year deal.