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USMNT to feel the pain of Tim Howard’s loss

article-2290487-184F979B000005DC-522_468x345Goalie Tim Howard will be out of action for four to six weeks after it was revealed he has two broken bones in his back.

And that may put a serious hurt on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s chances to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Howard was injured in goal for Everton almost two weeks ago in a collision with Oldham striker Robbie Simpson during an FA Cup match.

“Tim has two fractures, but they are not the bones which are supporting anything, it is off the spine,” Everton manager David Moyes told The Daily Mail. “They are not weight bearing. It just needs a bit of healing time. It is not like a pure fracture where need to wait to look at it. It is a question of whether he can cope with the pain.”

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U.S. has night to forget against Honduras

130206_usa_soccer_loses.nbcsports-grid-8x2The less said about the United States’ Hexagonal-opening defeat to Honduras on Wednesday the better.

While losing the opening game isn’t the end of the world – Mexico certainly didn’t look any better in drawing at home with Jamaica – it does give the team a wake-up call that qualifying for Brazil 2014 isn’t going to be a walk in the park.

“Obviously, it’s not what we wanted,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann understated afterward. “We wanted to start with a positive result, and we have to fix that right away now against Costa Rica in Denver in March. But we knew it was going to be difficult. … There are no excuses. When you lose a game here, there are reasons for it. The reasons for it today were that too many players were underneath their usual performance. We made too many mistakes. … We gave them far too much space today.”

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