Normally we'd sit you down in front of the e-TV and break it down for you a little more. But here's what I know I'll be looking at from afar in Salt Lake tonight.
1. Edgar Castillo
It's looking like he'll play either at left back or left mid. So be it. I want to see if he can handle fast, physical aggressive wing play for 90 minutes. He's come up big before, like against Mexico in Azteca, but to be a legitimate option at left back or left midfield going forward, he's got to show more consistency.
Regardless of where he is, but especially if he's in midfield, he needs to show a better understanding of combination play and link up with Dempsey and Altidore. Even his crossing from the left midfield spot has usually been meh. There's always the sense that he's better than he's been in the national team shirt.
If he doesn't show it tonight, Honduras will get an early foothold in the game either on the scoreboard or in confidence.
2. The midfield battle
This one's pretty simple. Last time, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley and Danny Williams lost it. For three points at home, they have to win it. Altidore and Dempsey should create plenty of space up top, so there will be room to drive.
But Roger Espinoza could detonate all that if he catches the US in possession like he did in February. Now, los Catrachos likely won't be able to press like they did then, but we're looking for something resembling dominance through midfield to seal a win. Klinsmann may allow Espinoza to force the battle wide, but the center midfielders, whoever they are, really should make themselves spoiled for choice.
3. Altidore, finishing
There will be chances. This is a badly wounded back line that has to defend a man-possessed Altidore. So good luck there, Honduras.
Even if Klinsmann's squad doesn't show the same wing productivity it has recently, there will be individual looks at goal for the biggest and baddest in the Netherlands. It's just a matter of bagging them early, and possibly often.
Recent form gives us every reason to believe Altidore will do it again. If he doesn't, though, there is suddenly a Kindergarten classroom's worth of questions. Perhaps Mr. Dempsey will answer those.
- Jacob Klinger