United States of America routs Honduras in World Cup qualifying match
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 7:39
Nevertheless, in the current selection for the World Cup in 2018, the wards of the Bruce Arena started not in the best way.
"I just like to be on the field really anywhere", Pulisic told reporters before the USA trained at Avaya Stadium on the eve of the match against Los Catrachos.
US captain Michael Bradley (4).
It was truly a moment to remember for Sebastian Lletget who scored his first worldwide goal in front of a hometown crowd on Friday. I chuckled when the United States got the first tackle, when Jozy Altidore got the first foul I sat up.
And the goals poured in.
Cameron was at right back rather than the central defensive role he usually plays with the US and the midfield position he mans for Stoke. "My staff in Seattle did a great job monitoring me ... to make sure that I'm not doing too much and I'm getting myself back".
The Americans made a statement in the form of six goals. Yes. Six. It was a sight to behold.
Spirited chants of "USA, USA, USA" and "I believe we will win" rang though the parking lots hours before the match despite spitting rain and raw temperatures.
Still, it's important to acknowledge that the US are still technically in last place of the Hexagonal stage, tied with Trinidad & Tobago and Honduras with just three points in three games. His deflected shot was tapped in by Lletget in the fifth minute. In the end, the raft of goals came from Sebastian Lletget (who had to leave the game early with an injury), Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey (three) and Christian Pulisic.
"I think the message is out to the players".
Altidore didn't score a goal, but was huge for the US. Thursday night, the Americans were aggressive from the opening whistle, looked hungry, organized and confident.
Deuce wasn't supposed to be on this roster. Then he wasn't supposed to start. In the 54th minute one such run was ended with a foul to the right of the D, which cued Dempsey to hit an audacious outswinging free kick across Escober and inside the far post for his hat-trick.
The U.S. marketing slogan for this game was #Get3-as in the three points that were crucial after losing the first two Hexagonal games in November-but few would have imagined that the U.S. would get three goals in the first half.
Given how good Dempsey looked, the question had to be asked: If the United States is successful at qualifying for Russian Federation, could there be a fourth World Cup trip in the offing for the Texan?
With Arena in charge, the United States has said goodbye to their reform process and has appointed a back-to-basics head coach.
Bradley isn't getting fancy when it comes to what the USA group must do.
No. 10 jerseys in soccer have a mystique, assigned to the best players on teams like Pele, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, and worn on millions of replica kits around the globe. This was evidenced by his selection of Nagbe and Lletget in the midfield alongside no-brainers such as Bradley and Pulisic.
The unwanted vacation also caused Dempsey to wonder whether he would ever be a world-class player again. As a result of recent injuries to DeAndre Yedlin, Bobby Wood, and Fabian Johnson, some relatively inexperienced players on the USMNT will need to step up and deliver strong performances. But if the lineup and tactics utilized against Honduras are any indication USMNT supporters can only have confidence in their new-old head coach going forward. Such was the dominance over Honduras, at one point it seemed feasible the record could be broken during the second half on Friday. It was the earliest US qualifying goal since Brian McBride against Trinidad and Tobago in 2005, and it set the tone for the game. But that was not the case for the US Friday night.