Three things we learned from USMNT – Honduras 

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Super-sub Jordan Siebatcheu delivered a match-winning moment and claim to the striker’s role on the day he was cup-tied to the USMNT as the Yanks overcame a poor performance to beat Honduras 1-0 in the CONCACAF Nations League semifinal on Thursday.

Gregg Berhalter got his team to his first final with the win, and the Yanks will meet Mexico on Sunday for silverware after Tata Martino’s El Tri outlasted Costa Rica in penalties through a terrific GuilIermo Ochoa save.

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John Brooks and Weston McKennie helped set up Siebatcheu’s goal on a day Honduras frustrated and — at times — out-played a heavily-favored USMNT.

The midfield around McKennie was quiet, the young bucks occasionally intimidated, and most of the gents looked rusty at best.

But they won. Bring on Sunday.


Three things we learned from USMNT – Honduras 

1. Welcome to CONCACAF, young ones: Christian Pulisic has been here before and is fouled plenty in the Premier League, but the amount of fouls on Sergino Dest and Giovanni Reyna might’ve made both wonder what in the world was going on. But that’s the reputation of Honduras, and both will wake up plenty sore after their first proper and serious CONCACAF match at the senior level. Good experience, especially as they got an up-close look at the time-wasting of a confederation underdog away from home.

2. Whole squad unnerved: Here’s the thing, though — all of Honduras’ play-acting, hard-fouling, and stretcher-requesting seemed to unnerve the USMNT, who lost their patience in the final third and in the build-up. The center backs and deep-lying mids all had bad giveaways. Lletget went playground futsal tricks with a free kick and sprung a counter, and that was another sign that things were messed up as the LA Galaxy man has been quite good in a U.S. jersey. One thing’s for sure: Mexico and maybe Costa Rica would’ve won this one.

3. Stars, Siebatcheu step up to deliver winner: John Brooks is a borderline elite passer of the ball as a center back and his entry pass to Weston McKennie on the goal was as good as the Juventus’ man’s header into the channel. Brenden Aaronson did well to lay off the ball and Young Boys striker Siebatcheu proved an inspired sub with his diving header finish to save the USMNT after an absolutely pitiful 15 minutes and, if we’re honest, hour-plus of nothing.

Man of the Match: John Brooks

The Wolfsburg center back had a terrible giveaway and was a bit too adventurous with the ball, but he also stepped up early and often when the young Yanks came out of the gates with very little. He’s at-worst the second most important player in the pool, he has been for some time, and those who tried to write him off for the latest flash-in-the-pan should raise their hand.


USMNT v Honduras recap

Giovanni Reyna looked refreshed early, the Borussia Dortmund winger getting a shot off in the seventh minute.

Los Catrachos delivered their message early, too, and a Jackson Yueill rescue tackle saved a terrific chance and delivered an eighth-minute corner to the visitors.

Reyna was back at it in the 11th minute, dribbling before hitting a terrific outside of the boot pass to release Pulisic. The Chelsea man won a corner, but Weston McKennie headed the service over the goal.

Pulisic scooped a pass to Lletget deep in the box and Sargent ran into space for the cutback, but a pair of shots were blocked leading to a corner and a second when Dest saw shot blocked.

Then came a proper scrap in the 27th minute after Steffen made a huge error and Sargent a huge goal line clearance that cued up a Honduran dive in the box and a shoving match.

Sargent then saw a solid header saved by Luis Lopez, who then closed his legs in time to stop a Pulisic nutmeg bid.

Anthony Lozano then showed skill to win 50:50 battles with Brooks and Antonee Robinson, but Mark McKenzie cut out the Honduran’s cross.

Honduras broke on the counter again off a bad Brooks pass in the visitors’ end, and McKenzie did not bail out his center back partner as a cross went absent receiver to keep it 0-0 into stoppage time.

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The second half began with Reyna winning a free kick that was poorly taken by Lletget and led to a Honduras counter, and Dest stepped up his defending from the first half and stymied Los Catrachos.

Steffen then redeemed himself when a delayed offside led to a 1v1 with Lozano and the Man City keeper got big to make a splayed stop.

Elis then drove past Dest and blazed a shot over the bar in the 65th.

Yueill then took his turn to make a bad giveaway but Brooks and Co. were in place to neutralize the threat.

Siebatcheu bailed out the Yanks after two good plays from U.S. veterans Brooks and McKennie, the Yanks delivering on a day that Christian Pulisic was mugged and marked into the shadows.


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Saudi Arabia vs Mexico: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Mexico needs a win to have hope of reaching the World Cup knockout rounds, while Saudi Arabia’s hopes of the final 16 may require the same at Stadium 974 in Doha on Wednesday.

The Saudis stunned Argentina 2-1 In Lusail to open the tournament but could not repeat the feat against Poland at Education City in Al Rayyan on Saturday to leave themselves with three points through two matches.

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Mexico remains without a win after their scoreless draw versus Poland led to a Lionel Messi-inspired loss to Argentina In Lusail.

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Here is everything you need for Saudi Arabia vs Mexico.


How to watch Saudi Arabia vs Mexico live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Wednesday Nov. 30
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

The Saudis have arguably been the most fun team at the tournament amongst non-powers, always running and getting exceptional goalkeeping. Salem Al-Dawsari was very good in both games but his missed penalty before halftime against Poland looms large of a match that could’ve been 1-1 going to the break and instead ended 2-0.

Mexico has not scored at the tournament so far, and Raul Jimenez has only been used as a super sub. Hirving Lozano and Alexis Vega combined for just three shot attempts before being subbed out of the Poland loss, while Lozano and Henry Martin combined for two versus Poland (Vega attempted five). They need better up top to keep up their streak of making Round of 16 appearances at the World Cup.


Saudi Arabia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 51
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group B)
Coach: Herve Renard
Key players: Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad, Mohammed Al-Owais

Mexico quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 13
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 16
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONCACAF (2nd place)
Coach: Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino
Key players: Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Herrera, Raul Jimenez

Poland vs Argentina: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Poland and Argentina surely didn’t plan to reach the marquee match of World Cup Group C with their knockout round status in doubt, but it’s been that kind of tournament in Qatar.

Poland remains unbeaten in Qatar after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 in Al Rayyan, adding to the point it earned from a scoreless draw with Mexico In Doha to give it top billing in the group heading into Wednesday’s match.

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Argentina, meanwhile, rebounded from a 2-1 tournament-opening loss to Saudi Arabia In Lusail to bear Mexico 2-0 behind a goal and an assist from Lionel Messi.

Saudi Arabia’s three points means it can still advance with a win over Mexico, who itself can add to its one point. So everyone’s alive in Group C.

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Here is everything you need for Poland vs Argentina.


How to watch Poland vs Argentina live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Wednesday, Nov. 30
Stadium: Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

The storyline for every Argentina game this tournament from this point forward — and really since the lead-up to the Mexico match — is that any loss means the end of Lionel Messi’s World Cup career (at least according to the living legend). The Albiceleste would be thrilled to get something more out of Lautaro Martinez, while Paulo Dybala’s yet to make his tournament debut.

Robert Lewandowski finally has a World Cup goal on his resume, while Piotr Zielinski has been very good for Poland. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sensational in the win over Saudi Arabia.


Poland quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 26
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs, Path B
Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz
Key players: Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczesny, Piotr Zielinski

Argentina quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 3
World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)
World Cup appearances: 17
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (2nd place)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key players: Lionel Messi, Angel de Maria, Lautaro Martinez

Portugal vs Uruguay: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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Portugal looks to seal its fate in the World Cup Round of 16 by piling pressure on Uruguay when two titans of the sport meet in Lusail on Monday.

Portugal outlasted Ghana 3-2 in Doha to open its tournament with a big win that featured a controversial penalty for Cristiano Ronaldo, while Uruguay staged a scoreless draw with South Korea.

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It’s a group that never looked easy and is looking more and more like a “Group of Death” as the World Cup rolls through Qatar in its typically tense fashion this month and next.

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Here is everything you need for Portugal vs Uruguay.


How to watch Portugal vs Uruguay live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Monday Nov. 28
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Everyone’s going to keep looking at Cristiano Ronaldo — it’s difficult not to turn your head with all the “Look at me” nonsense — but Bruno Fernandes is the real string-puller here. He’s playing well with Ruben Neves, while Ruben Dias and the back line will look to tighten things up after letting Ghana stay in the game.

Uruguay hero Luis Suarez has been here before, but his supporting cast is as good as ever. Rodrigo Betancur and Jose Maria Gimenez give La Celeste a chance at clean sheet every time they take the pitch.


Portugal quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Fernando Santos
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo

Uruguay quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 14
World Cup titles: 2 (1930, 1950)
World Cup appearances: 14
How they qualified: Qualified from CONMEBOL
Coach: Diego Alonso
Key players: Luis Suarez, Federico Valverde, Darwin Nunez, Rodrigo Betancur

Brazil vs Switzerland: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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Opening match winners Brazil and Switzerland meet Monday at Stadium 974 in Doha.

FIFA world No. 1 Brazil broke through pesky Serbia for a 2-0 win In Lusail to start the tournament as Richarlison scored two goals — one a ridiculous bit of technique — to get the Brazilians off on the right (and left) foot.

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Switzerland meanwhile used a 1-0 defeat of Cameroon to claim three points and set up Monday’s win-and-in match.

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Can Neymar-less Brazil take the next step toward a sixth World Cup? Here is everything you need for Brazil vs Switzerland.


How to watch Brazil vs Switzerland live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11am ET, Monday Nov. 28
Stadium: Stadium 974, Doha
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Brazil will not have Neymar for this one and likely the rest of the group stage as the oft-fouled magician felt the sting of Serbian tackles in the opener. The Brazilians have had to play without their captain before and have a wealth of attacking options, but who will join Richarlison in providing the goals in a Ney-less attack.

The Swiss have all the tools to hang with Brazil, but how physical will they want to make it for the favorites? Granit Xhaka will be one to watch as the underdogs try to balance a desire to get forward with the danger of doing so against a potent Brazil.


Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

Switzerland quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 15
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 12
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Murat Yakin
Key players: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Yann Sommer, Remo Freuler