The international break wraps up today, with a final round of matches across the globe. Among those are England taking on Poland and the U.S. Men’s National Team taking on Honduras in World Cup Qualifiers.
The Three Lions are in a good spot in their qualifying group — the full 15 points from 5 matches, 17 goals for, and just one conceded. A win over Poland today would consolidate their stranglehold on top of Group I and move them 8 points clear of Poland in second. In Europe, group winners qualify straight to the World Cup, runners-up go into a playoff.
The USMNT are in a tougher spot. They’ve managed just two points from their first two matches of World Cup qualifying. It’s a long group stage — 14 matches — but with two draws and the atmosphere around the team (struggling to score, Weston Mckennie sent home for violating COVID protocol, a rash of injuries to key players) things feel as if they are approaching a boiling point.
Things probably shouldn’t be because an away draw and whatever outcome they manage in Honduras today aren’t a bad way to start the group, but that 1-1 draw with Canada at home stings a bit. And what with the soccer media and fandom being so rational and all I’m sure they’ll take a potential bad result against Honduras well.