Honduras, Israel to play exhibition in NYC

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 2:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Honduras will play an exhibition game against Israel at Citi Field on June 2 in preparation for three World Cup qualifiers that include a match against the United States.

The game was announced Tuesday and will be played on the same day as the Celebrate Israel Parade in Manhattan.

Honduras, ranked 49th in FIFA, plays qualifiers at Costa Rica on June 7, at home against Jamaica four days later and against the U.S. at Sandy, Utah, on June 18. Honduras is fourth in the six-nation final round of North and Central American and the Caribbean qualifying.

The top three qualify for next year's tournament in Brazil. The fourth-place team advances to a home-and-home playoff against New Zealand for another berth.

Israel is ranked 74th and second in Europe Group F. The nine European group winners qualify, and eight second-place teams advance to playoffs.

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