Is Good: USMNT Romps Honduras

Yeah we had got the goal early, but until the second goal, balls were dropping in the middle of the field for Honduras.

"Yeah", he added, "it would be great if I could be around for that".

The frenzy part comes after the American team lost its first two matches (vs. Mexico and at Costa Rica) in the Hexagonal, the final round of regional qualifying that will send the top three finishers to Russian Federation next year and a fourth to a playoff for another spot in the 32-team field.

Honduras opened the Hexagonal with a 1-0 home defeat to Panama before winning 3-0 away to Trinidad & Tobago. "If you're going to come back for Seattle or also if you're going to do well enough to get called back to the usa team". Not everything flowed, and it didn't feel right in the moment. "Looking back on it there, yeah, there's a lot of things we could have improved on, and we're going to try and bring that tomorrow".

"He was an idol of mine so obviously it's an honor, but I'm my own player as well", said Pulisic. West - Portland 9, Dallas 7, Houston and San Jose 6.

As Saturday begins, the be fourth in the group, which would send them to a playoff against the fifth-place team from the Asian Confederation. I chuckled when the USA got the first tackle, when Jozy Altidore got the first foul I sat up.

With their backs firmly against the wall the USMNT utterly dominated Honduras to get their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign back on track.

Bradley, meanwhile, said the losses in the opening games had left the Americans with little room to manoeuvre. "It's definitely a big game here, but I always take those experiences and I take them with me the rest of my life". Of course it's possible that Arena starts Dempsey or places Pulisic in a more attacking role, reducing Morris' workload. Such was the dominance over Honduras, at one point it seemed feasible the record could be broken during the second half on Friday.

U.S. captain Michael Bradley said Arena had already had a positive impact. He was given the green light at the beginning of this season, but whether his match fitness is enough for the global level remains to be seen. He's going to need to get a taste of it to continue to grow as a player.

Arena apparently has the novel idea of playing the best players in their best positions. If there were two games left, I'd be concerned.

Arena has since taken over for Jurgen Klinsmann.

"Absolutely, yes", said Pulisic. After Monday's training, "I said, 'he's got to play'".

If this were the former regime, I'd say that nothing would be the same, the formation on Tuesday would be a 5-2-2-1 or something insane like that. A young east Texan was part of Arena's first tenure as USA coach, scoring against Ghana in the 2006 World Cup. Pulisic began his career at Dortmund playing predominantly on the wings, but has more recently played centrally, where he was a standout in the US youth national team system.

As for Pulisic, Arena opted to start him centrally instead of out wide.

"He does remind me of Landon". Dempsey had been out for six months-and nine from the national team-due to an irregular heartbeat that could have ended his playing career, but Arena said Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders fitness coaches had done the work to show he could play 90 minutes on Friday if needed.

"I think against this particular opponent we were going to play with two strikers and someone underneath him", Arena said.

Whatever Honduras manager Jorge Luis Pinto said at the half, it probably wasn't 'let the 18 year-old wonderkid score, ' but score he did.

  • Julie Sanders