Landon Donovan Returns to the Booth with John Strong and Stu Holden for USA-Honduras; Cobi Jones and Jorge Pérez-Navarro Call Mexico-Costa Rica
Rob Stone Hosts Pregame, Halftime and Postgame Coverage Alongside Alexi Lalas and Fernando Fiore Live From Avaya Stadium
LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports assembles top-tier broadcast teams for its FIFA World Cup Qualifier doubleheader presentation featuring a winless USA hosting Honduras at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., and Mexico battling Costa Rica at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Coverage begins Friday, March 24 at 9:30 PM ET on FS1.
With the Americans set to battle Honduras in a crucial match under new coach Bruce Arena, FOX Sports showcases a three-man booth for its USA-Honduras coverage. Landon Donovan, the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. MNT and the LA Galaxy returns to the booth, joining lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and former U.S. MNT midfielder Stu Holden on the call live from Avaya Stadium beginning at 10:30 PM ET. Jenny Taft reports from the sidelines.
Jorge Pérez-Navarro and Cobi Jones call the match with Francisco X. Rivera reporting from the sidelines at the legendary Estadio Azteca.
Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl serves as reporter at-large, and Dr. Joe Machnik weighs in as a rules analyst for both matches.
Rob Stone hosts FS1’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier pregame, halftime and postgame coverage with U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Fernando Fiore live from a field-level set at Avaya Stadium beginning at 9:30 PM ET.
Friday’s matches will be both teams’ third in “The Hex,” the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. The hexagonal event features six teams, each playing each other twice – once home and once away. The top three teams are guaranteed spots in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the fourth-place finisher qualifying for a playoff for an additional spot.
The Americans are at the bottom of the Hex standings after November losses to Mexico and Costa Rica and are looking to #Get3 points from its third final-round World Cup Qualifier. Honduras’ Los Catrachos have three points in the Hex after losing to Panama and beating Trinidad & Tobago. Costa Rica is at the top of the Hex with six points, while El Tricolor sits in second place with four points.
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