New York, NY (PRWEB) March 17, 2014
Ticket Down announces that the "Road to Brazil’ tournament will welcome Honduras vs. Turkey at RFK Stadium. The World Cup is not the only soccer event in the world this year as the “Road to Brazil” is being held across the United States at five Major League Soccer stadiums. The event is being organized by MLS and will provide several teams that will be competing in Brazil at the World Cup a chance to warm up before heading to South America. Among the teams that will be competing in this event before traveling to Brazil for the World Cup include Spain, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Greece and Honduras. The latter will take part in the first match of the series when they take on Turkey at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on May 29th.
Honduras will be taking part in Group E against Switzerland, Ecuador and France and will have a difficult task in getting past the Group Stage. Last year, they finished in third place of their qualifying bracket with 15 points. They finished behind the United States and rival Costa Rica after going 4-3-3 with a goal differential of just +1. The 2014 World Cup will be just the third appearance in the tournament for Honduras and their first two both ended in the Group Stage after failing to win a game.
Their opponent at RFK Stadium this May for the first game of the “Road to Brazil” event is Turkey, a team that has now failed to qualify for the past three World Cup tournaments. They are a nation that has appeared in the World Cup just twice and had their best tournament in 2002 when they finished in third place. In recent years, the team hasn’t played well in other tournaments, failing to qualify for two of the last three UEFA European Championships.
The Turkish national soccer team will be led into this game by some of their most capped players, Emre Belözoğlu, who has 91 caps and nine goals, Hamit Altıntop, who has 80 caps and eight goals, and Arda Turan, who has 71 caps and 14 goals. The team has a lot of young players that don’t have a lot of caps that will likely get a lot of playing time as Turkey tries to upset Honduras.
The Honduran national soccer team (ranked No. 36 (as of press date) by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association) will also play Venezuela, Israel, Ivory Coast and England before traveling to the World Cup in June. In this game against Turkey, they will likely send all of their biggest stars and some of their younger players in an effort to help prepare their lineup and strategy for the big tournament. Among the players that will take the pitch in this game include goalkeeper Noel Valladares, who has 119 caps, Maynor Figueroa, who has 101 caps and three goals, Oscar Garcia, who has 91 caps and two goals, and Jerry Bengtson, who has 40 caps and 18 goals.
RFK Stadium originally opened in 1961 and has been the home to numerous professional sports teams ever since. The facility has been home to the Washington Redskins of the National Football League and has also hosted MLS games.
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