Geoff Cameron

U.S. men's national team heads to Honduras feeling some self-inflicted pressure

U.S. men's national team heads to Honduras feeling some self-inflicted pressure

The U.S. national soccer team boarded a charter flight Sunday, leaving behind a cool, pre-autumn rain and the jolt from an untimely home defeat for toasty conditions and mounting pressure in Honduras.

The Americans had opened training camp a week ago believing they would arrive in San Pedro Sula for Tuesday's qualifier in position to all but finalize a 2018 World Cup berth. Instead, following a 2-0 setback to Costa Rica on Friday at Red Bull Arena, they face the alarming prospect of tumbling into fifth place in the six-nation group with two matches left - and perhaps missing soccer's biggest competition for the first time in 32 years.

At the moment, the U.S. team is third,...

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