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Saturday Kickaround

*The scene in San Pedro Sula ahead of Saturday night's World Cup qualifier between the USA and Honduras.

*Italy, Serbia, Slovakia, Denmark and Switzerland are in position to clinch World Cup berths, while Russia is home with an opportunity to overtake Germany for first place heading into Wednesday's finales. Key matches:
Colombia-Chile (Chile can clinch)
Algeria-Rwanda (Algeria can clinch)
Malawi-Ivory Coast (Elephants can clinch)
Mexico-El Salvador
Costa Rica-T&T
Bahrain-New Zealand (first game of playoff, but will Ryan Nelsen play?)

[For your TV viewing options, proceed to the continuation of this thread.]

*Only three MLS matches this weekend, all with playoff ramifications:
San Jose at Toronto, 4 p.m. (Direct Kick)
TFC (35 points) can jump past DCU and Dallas (36 apiece)
Columbus at New England, 7:30 (FSC)
East top seed in view, Supporters' Shield near for Crew
Kansas City at Chivas USA, 10:30 (DK)
Goats' victory creates three-way tie for first in West

*Maryland scored twice in the final 3 minutes 2 seconds, including the game-winner with 52 seconds left, as the Terps (7-3-1, 3-1-1 ACC) came from behind to defeat upset-minded Virginia Tech, 2-1, before 4,543 in College Park.

*Qualifiers on TV:
Russia-Germany 11 a.m. Setanta
Bahrain-New Zealand 11:30 a.m. FSC
Armenia-Spain noon Fox Sports Espanol
France-Faroe Islands 3 p.m. FSC
Portugal-Hungary 3:40 p.m. Setanta
Denmark-Sweden 5 p.m. FSC
Greece-Latvia 5:45 p.m. Setanta
Venezuela-Paraguay 6 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Mexico-El Salvador 6 p.m. Telemundo
Belgium-Turkey 7:30 p.m. Setanta
Honduras-USA 10 p.m. Closed circuit
Costa Rica-T&T 10 p.m. GolTV

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2009; 1:33 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , TV  
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Good reporting from San Pedro Sula, Senor Goff.

I'm very glad that The Post continues to fund your trips with the US team and DC United during this time of rapid upheaval in the newspaper business because these trips help improve your reporting.

I'd like to see Honduras get to the World Cup, but I don't want their cause to advance this evening. Go U-S-A!

Posted by: billindmd | October 10, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully the women are more fortunate in College Park tomorrow.

Posted by: sitruc | October 10, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

What are the chances ESPN or GOl will have highlights after the game?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 10, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"the USA"

Maybe the USA doesn't send out the press release like the United does?

/I keed, I keed

Posted by: DrBeaker | October 10, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Germany actually was in a position to qualify as well and they did with a 1-0 away win at Russia.

Posted by: rademaar | October 10, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Nelsen and the All Whites dodged several bullets today. If Bahrain could finish, the game should have been 4-0. How can you miss on a 2 on keeper breakaway? If NZ somehow qualifies for the WC, they will be 3 and out and scoreless. Bahrain -- they could give someone trouble, fast, good ball movement, hideous finishing.

Posted by: griffin1108 | October 10, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Senor Goff -- you didn't mention the big news of the last 24 hours from Honduras, which is that your esteemed colleague, Grant Wahl from Sports Illustrated, was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight in Tegus.

(no reports on whether the robber looked at all like David Beckham or Simon Fuller)

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | October 10, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is interested, Denmark-Sweden is live on FSE.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | October 10, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

@jacob espn says sportscenter will have highlights immediately following the match

Posted by: jezz | October 10, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Go USA. I'm wearing my shirt today, too bad no one on Oahu is showing the game though.
I'll just have to go enjoy the sand, surf, and bikinis and hope I can watch some highlights later.

Looking forward to coming home and going to the match at RFK on Wednesday.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 10, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I glad the game is at 10. I'll watch the Caps at 7 and then follow the usa game updates from

Posted by: spikeman | October 10, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching the Mexico-el salvador game? Theres a whole bunch of bees infesting the el salvador goal posts

Posted by: spikeman | October 10, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Theyre spraying it with fire extinguishers!!

Posted by: spikeman | October 10, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

looks like we have a bit of a bee-related stoppage in mexico's wcq.

Posted by: stairs | October 10, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Is it true that the fence surrounding the field was removed?

Posted by: RedDevil1 | October 10, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Now that you mention it, yes, it looks that way. But they still have the moat

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 10, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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