Only bragging rights at stake as U.S., Honduras square off


The United States and Honduras, their men's soccer berths in the SydneyOlympic Games secure, play for pride and a nice but no-stakes title in an Olympic qualifying rematch at 3: 30 this afternoon in Hershey, Pa.

Having defeated Honduras, 3-0, just 10 days ago as the qualifying for two Olympic berths from North and Central America and the Caribbean opened, the U.S. under-23 squad (2-0-1 in Hershey) will be looking for the championship as well as four straight tournament games without losing or being scored on.

Players for Honduras (2-1-0), having clinched their nation's first Olympic soccer appearance with a surprising, penalty-kick elimination of favored Mexico after 120 minutes of scoreless regulation and "golden goal" overtime, will want to prove that opening loss to the North Americans was more a function of jet lag and cold, soggy playing conditions than on-field prowess.

Mexico and Guatemala, both with 1-1-1 tournament records, play for third place at 1 p.m. at Hersheypark Stadium. Tickets can be ordered by phone at (717) 534-3911.

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