WASHINGTON (AFP) United States will try to secure a return to the World Cup finals with a victory Saturday at Honduras, where even political turmoil takes a back seat to the quest for a first World Cup trip since 1982. Mexico will host El Salvador and Costa Rica will entertain already-ousted Trinidad and Tobago in other matches of the penultimate round of North American regional qualifying for next years global football showdown in South Africa. But the pivotal match will be at San Pedro Sula, where Honduras is 8-0 in World Cup qualifying but facing a US squad that has won five in a row over Honduras, though none of the matches were in the Central American nation. We understand the challenge, US coach Bob Bradley said. This game means everything to Honduras and its people and atmosphere in the stadium will be loud, passionate, exciting. Weve seen that in other places and can draw upon those experiences. I think that will work well for us. Were excited about the opportunity we have. The challenge to go there and come away with three points is one were embracing. Political turmoil in Honduras has prompted a heightened awareness on the part of US team officials and players and greater contact with authorities but there are no safety worries, Bradley said. Were very comfortable with the way our security gets handled, with the information we have. On that end everything seems fine, Bradley said. Whenever we travel we always have tremendous security. In this case we have had a little discussion with the team so they are aware of the different factors. The Americans, seeking a sixth consecutive trip to the World Cup finals, top the table with 16 points off five wins and a draw in eight matches. Mexico is on 15 with Honduras at 13, Costa Rica at 12 and the Salvadorans at eight. The three top teams after next Wednesdays last qualifying matches will book berths in South Africa. The fourth-place finisher will meet South Americas fifth-place finisher to determine another World Cup berth. Costa Rica will play the Americans at Washington next Wednesday while Mexico will visit Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras plays at El Salvador in the other concluders next week. Ideally we can finish up things Saturday but there are factors in all of this that are sometimes out of our control. It has been a very tight final round, Bradley said. We all understand the responsibility. Now were excited to finish the job. The US squad, 10-2 with three drawn all-time against Honduras, will be without injured midfielder Clint Dempsey while Honduras will be without captain Amado Guevara, on a card accumulation suspension. The yellow card issue is a key consideration for the Americans, who can ill afford more cautions ahead of the Costa Rica match without a win at Honduras. Strikers Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore are among eight US players with one caution entering Saturdays match. The yellow card situation is a challenging one, Bradley said. We have to find some balance to this one. And finally our discipline is important. Were pleased in the last two games we didnt pick up any yellow cards. Asian Cup qualifier spared by typhoon An Asian Cup qualifier between Japan and Hong Kong was to go ahead Thursday as planned after the city of Shizuoka avoided a direct hit from a powerful typhoon, the Japan Football Association said. The Asian Cup Group A match was set to kick off at 7:20 pm (1020 GMT). The association made the announcement as Typhoon Melor churned north across the main Japanese island of Honshu after making landfall earlier in the day. Sunshine returned to Shizuoka with winds weakening, local officials said. The top two teams from each of five groups will qualify for the finals in Qatar in 2011. Hosts Qatar as well as Iraq, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, the top three in the 2007 tournament, have automatic berths as does India, the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup winners. The 2009 AFC Challenge Cup winners will also qualify.