U.S. 1-1 Honduras

U.S. 1-1 Honduras”

Had the USA lost Tuesday, it would have dropped to fifth in the six-team standings.

US coach Bruce Arena made seven changes to the starting 11, including inserting Clint Dempsey as a starter, giving Dempsey his 41st World Cup qualifying cap to move past Landon Donovan for the USA men's all-time lead.

The temperature was 91 at kickoff, but with 69 percent humidity, it felt like 107.

"Would have loved three points but a point is big for us down here".

"You've got to fight through it, and I think the team did that to get a point", Morris said.

"I'm sure the Honduran team is disappointed".

Costa Rica spoiled Giovani dos Santos' 100th global appearance, holding Mexico to a 1-1 draw in World Cup qualifying.

Romell Quioto scored in the 27th minute after defender Omar Gonzalez failed to clear the ball with a slide tackle.

Admittedly, the conditions in Honduras were less than ideal, with the USA up against both a hostile crowd and oppressive heat that necessitated a first-half hydration break.

The U.S. was looking wobbly for the next few minutes as Honduras continued to press forward, but the Americans managed to survive until half-time.

With less than a year to go before the World Cup in Russian Federation, there is very little to be excited about in this U.S. talent pool, excepting of course Christian Pulisic. "We had to regroup at half-time". "It was planned. We knew that". After their performance in Costa Rica, Jonathan and Giovani must return to Los Angeles and try close out the season as best as possible with the Galaxy. But even when the players are in a flawless position to succeed, as they were on Friday and Tuesday, they lack that something extra. We didn't do a good job on the goal. And there's probably a little bit of anger over that. "It would have been very hard if we didn't come out with the tie".

Costa Rica equalized late in the second half, however, when Michael Ureña fired a shot from distance that beat Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to secure a draw. It's center back pairings have been rotated so much that the lack of communication and consistency in the middle of the defense has directly led to goals. The score flatters the USA, who gave their second consecutive pitiful performance and are lucky to remain mostly unscathed. Given the lack of world-beating talent, the U.S. 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. "And we did that".

Mexico should have doubled their lead on the counter-attack in the 65th minute, but substitute Jesus Corona's effort was too narrow and Navas saved. His best time came while playing for Twente Enschede in the Netherlands where he scored 43 goals and 24 assists in 96 games. "That's what he was there for". Do you need me to tell you that? Even if he do so, it won't be an extreme change of things. They were tough conditions. "He did what he was supposed to do".

At the opening kickoff the ball came straight to the USA captain, Michael Bradley. "There's a lot of work to be done".

"We're going to go down there with the mentality to win the game", Bradley said.

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