The US National team have an all-important World Cup Qualifier against El Salvador on Saturday night, and Jeff Carlisle of ESPN SoccerNet has a preview of what lies ahead.
The U.S. hasn't lost a home qualifier since Sept. 1, 2001, when it fell to Honduras 3-2. Since then, the Americans have gone 16-0-1 at home, the lone blemish being a 1-1 semifinal round tie versus Jamaica during the 2006 campaign that occurred after passage to the final stage had been secured.
But all it would take is one slipup against El Salvador on Saturday, and the Americans could find themselves staring at a likely fourth-place finish, with a playoff series against a difficult South American opponent their consolation prize. It's a scenario the Yanks are very much aware of, and keen to avoid.
"I wouldn't say we're worried," said U.S. forward Brian Ching. "But we do understand this game is extremely important, especially because we didn't pick up points in the last game."