The United States men’s soccer team needs to win this game to have still a chance to secure a path to be in the World Cup in Russian Federation. They will need to play inspired soccer if they hope to come out of Honduras will all three points. But with a victory against the Panamanians on October 6 in Orlando, Florida, the United States would regain third place. His best time came while playing for Twente Enschede in the Netherlands where he scored 43 goals and 24 assists in 96 games. The backline was tight and organized. The U.S. managed to avoid that killer blow though, and escaped into the halftime locker room still within range of earning a result. Bruce Arena looked well on his way to pulling the Yanks out of the muck.
After a water break, Honduras was at it again.
Urena, who scored a brace in the win over US, tested Ochoa in the 76th minute, the shot-stopper tipping his powerful strike over the bar.
Bobby Wood’s goal in the 85th minute salvaged a critical tie for the USA men’s soccer team in its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.
The U.S. are in third place in the Hex, but even on points with Honduras with just two matches to go. There are two matches left and the USA holds the tiebreaker. Or will it be a moot point amid some quality late afternoon delight?
The half ended appropriately with Michael Bradley airmailing a free kick well over the heads of everyone on the pitch. The only holdover was right back Graham Zusi.
Howard or Guzan in goal?
Costa Rica spoiled Giovani dos Santos’ 100th worldwide appearance, holding Mexico to a 1-1 draw in World Cup qualifying. He’s got bags of pace and deadly finishing ability, fitting for a man affectionately known as “the panther”. And in the 27th minute, Los Catrachos punished the American defense.
The Tenacious Tandem: Dempsey and Pulisic must play together. That said, he settled down a bit in the second half. Given the lack of world-beating talent, the United States can not afford to show a lack of identity and risk looking like a team gathered in the stadium parking lot hours before the game.
Both teams kept the pressure on in the remaining minutes. Pulisic was the only European-based starter. The 22-year Mexican moved from Pachuca to PSV Eindhoven this summer and had an immediate impact scoring three goals in three games. Considering the US was able to beat Honduras 6-0 at home back in March, it feels like the team is moving backwards right when it should be starting to peak. Not only do the Americans have an eight-goal lead over Honduras in the tiebreaking goal differential category, the Hondurans also must play the strongest teams in the region in their final two games.
Team USA was coming off a 2-0 defeat against Costa Rica last week.
Between the fantastic fans, the extra-long grass and the 95 degree temperature, Honduras entered this match with an advantage. The team needs a spark.
Jozy Altidore won’t play for Team USA vs. Honduras on Tuesday.
Omar Gonzalez: After a strong first 15 minutes, Gonzalez’s game quickly turned into a nightmare. And then all eyes, save for the 35,000 or so watching the game live at the National Stadium, will be glued to a nearby screen – television, tablet, smartphone. The Stoke City man is far and away the most valuable player on the back line in John Brooks’s absence. I’m sure that becomes very meaningful. San Pedro, Honduras will host tonight’s game at Estadio Olympic Metropolitano with temperatures in the 80s and a possible rainstorm on the way. We worked really hard the whole game.