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

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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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