USMNT vs. Honduras: Hopefully The Former Denver South Player Doesn't Do Work This Time

Marc Serota

Last time the United States met Honduras in the Hex, a Denver South High School alum did fine things for the US. Let's hope that this year's South High alum doesn't have that sort of performance.

The last time that the United States Men's National Team met up against Honduras in the Hexagonal round of World Cup Qualification, a former Denver South High School player did some fine work.

You may have heard of him, considering that game is known universally as 'The Conor Casey Game'. Casey's two-goal performance launched the US into the 2010 World Cup finals, where some other stuff apparently happened. (This stuff mostly involved Robbie Findley being essentially useless while Casey was reportedly laughing while sitting in a bathtub full of money at home.)

This time around, there will somehow be another Denver South player on the pitch -- and I truly have no idea how that happened, since South produces decent athletes at a rate somewhere between molasses and paint drying -- but it won't be a player on our side this time. Roger Espionza cut his teeth in Colorado after moving to the Mile High City at age 12, playing for South and then Regis Jesuit before moving on to college and eventually Sporting Kansas City.

To say that he has done well for himself since being drafted would be a bit of an understatement, as he became the first former South student -- I didn't actually look that up or do any research, but come on -- to record an assist in the English Premier League with Wigan the other day. He's been announced as a starter for the Hondurans on Wednesday, which will give the 26-year-old a mighty fine chance to get a spot on the Starting XI for years to come if he can perform.

With three very important Hex points in the mix for the United States, I will unfortunately be forced to root against the guy who went to the same high school as I did this time around. If only Casey was six or seven years younger, we could be seeing the South High super showdown!

(...go Rebels!)

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Burgundy Wave

You must be a member of Burgundy Wave to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Burgundy Wave. You should read them.

Join Burgundy Wave

You must be a member of Burgundy Wave to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Burgundy Wave. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker