Game Recap: USA 6, Honduras 0
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 03, 2017,
Apr 03, 2017, 0:04
"There are a lot of games left", captain Michael Bradley said. Relative newcomer Sebastian Lletget played in front of him. Dempsey and Jozy Altidore headed the attack.
And the goals poured in. But when Arena saw how well Dempsey recovered from playing Sunday afternoon with Seattle to train Monday with the U.S., the decision to start him was sealed. I'm going to keep pushing, I'm going to keep trying to be in games and try to help the team. If there isn't a goal or an assist next to his name, he must have not made an impact, right? It was a sight to behold. More recently, they won the Copa Centroamericana (with four wins and a draw) clinching a berth in this summer's Gold Cup in the process.
Supporters of the USMNT had been calling for these two to be on the field together for sometime now. Pulisic assisted Dempsey's second goal.
Lletget's goal in the fifth minute set the tone for the club's big night.
The most significant element to come out of the match was a hat trick by Clint Dempsey, who was playing for the first time since the summer because of an irregular heartbeat. You may have noticed, Pulisic is wearing the No. 10 jersey.
Notes: Mexico defeated visiting Costa Rica 2-0 on goals by Javier Hernandez in the seventh minute and Nestor Araujo in the 45th.
That is no slight on Donovan, a brilliant player in his own right who will always be underappreciated by some both at home and overseas because he had the audacity to spend the bulk of his career in MLS and not in one of Europe's elite leagues. He certainly made the case that he should be in the Yanks' starting lineup for the foreseeable future. They started 2017 on a roll, winning the Copa Centroamericana without losing a match, but then lost two friendlies in February.
Julie Stewart-Binks chatted with the US icon after his hat trick heroics.
When Dempsey finished his hat trick with a free kick goal in the 54th minute, it was off a foul drawn by Pulisic.
"It was all about the team", Dempsey said afterward.
Dempsey's goal now is to give Arena 15 more months, enough to get the usa through the next World Cup.
"There is no need for anybody on the outside to put any more pressure on us than we've already put on ourselves because we didn't start the Hex in the right way", Bradley said.
Arena may have been seen as an emergency fix to get the USMNT back on track.
As for Bedoya, he played an important role in the U.S.A.'s second goal of the match.
"It's a long time for a coach, too, I might add", cracked the 65-year-old Arena, "I had a lot more hair 12 years ago". This was evidenced by his selection of Nagbe and Lletget in the midfield alongside no-brainers such as Bradley and Pulisic. And though that was by chance rather than design - Dempsey was delayed after being randomly selected for drug testing - it was also welcome since it gave him an extra few minutes in a uniform he once thought he might never wear again.
The U.S. will be without defender DeAndre Yedlin, midfielder Fabian Johnson and forward Bobby Wood because of injury, while midfielder Jermaine Jones has been suspended for yellow cards. It was a day when even the fired coach could support his old hands.
The second of those two losses - a catastrophic 4-0 drubbing by "Los Ticos" in Costa Rica - prompted Klinsmann's dismissal, paving the way for Arena to return for a second stint in charge.
To find out, watch the USA Vs. Honduras FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Qualifier live stream from 18,000-seat Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, with streaming video provided by Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers and smartphones.