Monday, June 08, 2009

ATH: USA 2 Honduras 1

USA 2 - Honduras 1

The United States kept up their home unbeaten streak in World Cup Qualifying on Saturday night in Chicago, coming from behind to beat Honduras 2-1. Carlos Costly put Honduras one-up in the 5th minute, and brought back bad memories from Wednesday's loss in Costa Rica. This time, the United States regrouped.

After a no-call on a foul in the box on Ricardo Clark, Honduras was called for a handball in the box in the 42nd with Landon Donovan converting a minute later. With the score level, Carlos Bocanegra headed in what would be the United States' winner in the 68th. Bocanegra had to leave the game with a pulled hamstring in the 72nd, but is expected to recover in time for the Confederations Cup.

"Credit to the guys," Bocanegra told ESPN's Pedro Gomez. "We fought, we stayed together today... a team effort to show a lot of character being able to come back."

With the bulk of the 55,647 in attendance there in support of Honduras, the United States also had to work to quiet that part of the crowd in Chicago.

“I think Sam’s Army and the people that do support us, we appreciate that," US defender Oguchi Onyewu said. "We can hear them during the games. We really can’t control the number of fans we have at our games, all we can do is appreciate the ones we have and try to play our hardest for them.”

The United States returns to action on June 15th when they open their 2009 Confederations Cup schedule against Italy in South Africa. That game will be available live starting at 2:30pm on ESPN.

-- GAME REPORT --

Match: United States vs. Honduras
Date: June 6, 2009
Competition: FIFA World Cup Qualifying; Final Round
Venue: Soldier Field – Chicago
Kickoff: 7:27 p.m. CT
Attendance: 55,647
Weather: Partly cloudy, 53 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
HON 1 0 1

HON – Carlos Costly (Carlos Pavon) 5th minute
USA – Landon Donovan (penalty) 43
USA – Carlos Bocanegra (Clint Dempsey) 68

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 12-Jonathan Spector, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (14-Jay DeMerit, 71), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 8-Clint Dempsey, 2 -Ricardo Clark, 4-Pablo Mastroeni (9-Benny Feilhaber, 46), 10-Landon Donovan; 11-Conor Casey (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 75), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 6-Marvell Wynne, 15-Charlie Davies, 16-Sacha Kljestan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

HON: 18-Noel Vallardes; 14-Mauricio Sabillon, 2-Osman Chavez, 6-Mario Beata, 3-Maynor Figueroa; 13-Carlos Costly, 7-Amado Guevara (capt.), 4-Hendry Thomas, 10-Ramon Nunez (15-Walter Martinez, 79); 9-Carlos Pavon (16-Georgie Welcome, 67), 8-Wilson Palacios (17-Danilo Turcios, 66)
Subs not used: 1-Junior Morales, 5-Erick Norales, 11-Allan Lalin, 12-Emilio Izaguirre
Head Coach: Reinaldo Rueda

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 9 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 17 / 15
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Conor Casey (caution) 20th minute
HON – Mario Beata (caution) 41
USA – Landon Donovan (caution) 62

Officials:
Referee: Mauricio Morales (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Hector Delgadillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Fourth Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)

From the US National Team Players Association


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