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 By Arch Bell

Houston Hondurans return from World Cup heartbreak to suffer MLS letdown

Reigning champions Seattle Sounders have one foot in MLS Cup after putting two away goals past Houston.

The total flying time from Sydney to Houston is a little more than 19 hours, giving travelers ample time to spend with their thoughts.

Following Honduras' 3-1 defeat at Australia on Nov. 15 in their intercontinental playoff for a berth in the 2018 World Cup, it was undoubtedly a long, pensive flight for the Houston Dynamo's Honduran trio of Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto and Boniek Garcia. The three had to quickly shake off the deflating feeling of not going to Russia next summer and turn their...

Fit-again captain Mile Jedinak helps Australia seal World Cup qualification

Tim Cahill talks the importance of Mile Jedinak to Australia despite his countless injuries.
Australia's Mark Milligan discusses the tough journey to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup.

SYDNEY -- Australia booked their place at the 2018 World Cup after a convincing 3-1 win over Honduras in Sydney on Wednesday night. Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak was the hero for the hosts, scoring all three goals for Australia, including two from the penalty spot.

Here are three thoughts from the match.

1. First half bore, second half score

Is that harsh on the first 45 minutes? Perhaps Australia's endeavour was on show for a few moments in the first half, with golden chances for Mathew Leckie...

 By Rob Brooks

Socceroos on track for 2018 World Cup but must find cutting edge

Who will get through the World Cup playoffs? The Exploding Heads reveal why each team deserves a spot in the World Cup finals.

As the rest of Australia debated controversial refereeing decisions, a terrible pitch and a host of wasted opportunities, the Socceroos had already turned their attention to the second leg of their World Cup qualification playoff against Honduras.

Though the 0-0 result in the first leg -- played in the intimidating venue known as "The Tomb" in San Pedro Sula -- certainly delivered plenty of talking points, the difference between making the World Cup and not could simply come down to travel...

 By Arch Bell

Australia's poise in draw at Honduras helps pave way on road to Russia

Three quick thoughts from the scoreless draw between Honduras and Australia in the first leg of their World Cup intercontinental playoff.

1. Australia do the job in San Pedro Sula

Fans of the U.S. national team had to have been watching Australia on Friday evening and wondering: "Why can't our team play like that in Honduras?" Australia were very impressive in all phases, displaying a poise that few teams show in San Pedro Sula and it could well pave the way for a ticket to Russia 2018.



Honduras vs. Australia: The breakdown

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts assess Tim Cahill's chances of being fit for Australia's playoff against Honduras.

Australia travel to Honduras for the first leg of their Intercontinental World Cup playoff, for a place at Russia 2018. Here is everything you need to know.

Where? Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
When? Nov. 10, 4pm, (Nov.11, 9am AEDT).

HEAD-TO-HEAD HISTORY: Australia and Honduras have never met, and the Socceroos have never played in Central America. In 21 visits to North and South America, Australia has won just one match -- a 1-0 friendly win over USA in Orlando...

 By John Duerden

Socceroos must overcome history to beat Honduras in World Cup playoff

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson assess Australia's keys to defeating Honduras and advancing to the 2018 World Cup.
Aaron Mooy breaks down how he hoped to impact their match versus Syria and delves into his partnership with Tom Rogic.

All of Asia should be getting behind Australia ahead of next month's intercontinental playoff between the Socceroos and Honduras. Should the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) team be victorious over the CONCAFAF opponents, the continent will have five participants in Russia next June.

While the two confederations have rarely met in World Cup playoffs, no-one can boast more experience than the Aussies, compared to the rest of Asia, in such cut-throat matches. As previous members of Oceania, they...