Value of U.S. playing in Central America

Updated: January 25, 2012, 11:32 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

Every four years, the United States' road to the World Cup leads through Central America, where the taunting crowds and pesky, technically gifted home teams combine to make for unspeakably difficult conditions. It was in one such game -- in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Oct. 10, 2009, where Los Catrachos had been undefeated in more than six years -- that the U.S. secured its berth for South Africa in the summer of 2010. That night, Conor Casey bulled his way to the only two goals he will ...

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