This isn't the proudest moment to be a U.S. men's national team fan. The team has gotten just zero points in the hexagonal round of World Cup Qualifying after two matches, and the pressure is on like never before going into critical matches against ...and more »
Download the CBS Sports AppÂ today and get instant NCAA Tournament news and alerts,Â plus get the latest picksÂ and upsets from SportsLine!This isnâ€™t the proudest moment to be a U.S. menâ€™s national team fan. The team has gotten just zero points in the hexagonal round of World Cup Qualifying after two matches, and the pressure is on like never before going into critical matches against Honduras and Panama in the upcoming week.Â The dream of making it to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, if poor form continues, could be just that -- a dream.Â On top of that, with two games in the next eight days, there are some big-time injury concerns. Midfielder Fabian Johnson was ruled out last week and just this weekend,
striker Bobby Wood was dropped with a back injury
.Â Losing Wood is a big one, because it hurts the teamâ€™s depth, and there arenâ€™t really any other good options to replace him, hence why coach Bruce Arena decided against bringing in another striker.Â Now, Wood has done well with the national team and has nine goals for Hamburg this campaign. Add to that the fact that there are just three strikers on the roster, all with concerns, and itâ€™s a bit of a nervy situation.Â Youâ€™ve got Clint Dempsey just coming off that irregular heartbeat condition that saw him miss a chunk of time, there is young and unproven (on the international stage) Jordan Morris, and then Jozy Altidore who has received criticism for not coming up big in the most important matches.But, there is a reason for the U.S. to be hopeful entering Friday nightâ€™s clash with Honduras. And that is that all three strikers scored at the weekend and come in with confidence and momentum.
Here are the goals.Dempsey penalty kick for Seattle in the 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.Morrisâ€™ header for Seattle in the same game.Altidoreâ€™s fine strike in Torontoâ€™s 2-0 win over Vancouver on Saturday.Form is temporary, but to have a goal coming into qualifying can only help, not hurt. Having a striker entering on a scoring drought, especially when there is little depth, surely will impact that playerâ€™s confidence at least slightly. But thatâ€™s something USMNT fans donâ€™t need to worry about heading into the most important games the team has faced in quite a while.Â For news, stories, results and more, follow us:- @CBSSportsSoccer - @RGonzalezCBS - Facebook
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