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2 vs 3
USA
USA
Played
October 11, 2009 2:00 AM EDT
Olímpico de San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Referee:‬ Roberto Moreno‎
 
47′ J. de León
Conor Casey 55′
78′ J. de León
Conor Casey 66′
 
90′
Bottom line, the U.S. is through to the World Cup. And I'm off to the press conference. It's been fun, everyone. Thanks for hanging out.
 
90′
All around, an action-packed second half after a relatively slow first 45 minutes.
 
90′
Classy gesture from the Honduran fans who applaud both teams efforts. Can't say I see that happening in Mexico.
 
90′
Donovan standing over the ball. AND IT'S OVER! The U.S. storms the field
 
90′
Could this be the last possession?
 
90′
Substitution Stuart Holden Steven Cherundolo
 
90′
Holden, smartly chargers toward the corner before finding Feilhaber who goes one-on-one with Valladares but misses to the attacker's right.
 
90′
Howard cleans up Sabillon's cross that deflected off Clark.
 
90′
The U.S. is just playing with the ball, but gives it away. Honduran supporters urge their team forward.
 
90′
Cherundolo set to come in for the four minutes of extra time.
 
90′
Pavon won't remember this match fondly.
 
90′
Pavon misses again. From point-blank range with his head.
 
89′
Gooch clears out a dangerous bouncing ball in the box but Honduras is on the attack can.
 
89′
Donovan chips for Altidore, but the youngster can't get his foot to it.
 
88′
Now Donovan gets it and gives to Bradley who wisely goes across the field.
 
87′
This game isn't over. The fans are shell-shocked, but Honduras still has possession.
 
87′
The air is going from Olmypic Stadium. Pavon brings his jersey to his face.
 
86′
Missed Penalty Carlos Pavón
 
86′
PAVON MISSED HIGH!
 
85′
Yellow Card Jonathan Balotelli
 
85′
PENALTY KICK!
 
85′
Honduras with free kick from the right side
 
84′
Substitution Conor Casey Benny Feilhaber
 
83′
Bornstein is down.
 
83′
Bradley from 30. Misses wide and high.
 
83′
Good chance for Honduras but it goes high.
 
80′
Substitution Charlie Davies Jozy Altidore
 
80′
de Leon out to ovation. Chants of "Si se puede" ring through the stadium.
 
80′
Substitution J. de León W. Martínez
 
80′
The stadium is chanting again but time seems to be running out.
 
78′
Lots of passing in the box before de Leon gave the Catrachos life
 
78′
Goal J. de León
 
75′
Substitution H. Thomas Ramón Núñez
 
74′
Figueroa gets a yellow card for tackling Casey from behind. The Catrachos have all but given up.
 
73′
Yellow Card Maynor Figueroa
 
72′
Spector does well to break up an Honduras attack. Howard saves and distributes to Bradley who runs 50 yards into the Honduras half before pulling up and passing back. A veteran move there.
 
71′
Hendry was tired. Rueda takes him off in favor of Nunez.
 
71′
Goal Landon Donovan
 
71′
It's on net... and it's in. Valladares should have done better on that. The stadium is silent. The fans are leaving.
 
70′
Casey earns another free kick, this one 22 yards out from the left of goal. Donovan standing over the ball.
 
70′
When was the last time Honduras had the ball for more than a few seconds?
 
69′
Thomas drags the U.S. No. 10 down. That was the foul of a tired player.
 
68′
Valladares saves Davies attempt from the six.
 
68′
Corner for the U.S., punched out by Valladares. Comes to Dononvan who's left-footed blast is pushed out by Honduras' keeper for another corner. This one amounts to nothing.
 
66′
Donovan slots a brilliant ball to Casey, who finishes calmly to Valladares' left.
 
66′
Goal Conor Casey
 
66′
GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Casey scores again.
 
65′
Goal.... no Suazo is ruled offside.
 
64′
Substitution E. Álvarez D. Suazo
 
64′
Casey almost got another one as Spector's cross found his head but the ball went over the bar.
 
63′
Suddenly, Honduras looks tired. The U.S. has been the agreesor for the past 5-10 minutes.
 
63′
Nice interplay between Davies and Donovan, but it leads to nothing as Honduras picks up Charlie's attempted re-direction on the box
 
62′
Big ovation form the crowd. Not sure why.
 
62′
Donovan hasn't done much going forward tonight, but he's tracking back well and helping the defense pick up loose balls.
 
60′
2-0 Costa Rica. The U.S. needs to win tonight to qualify.
 
60′
Donovan tackled by Palacios. Crowd doesn't like it, and neither does M. Bradley who says something to Roberto Moreno.
 
58′
Davies turns Sabillion and heads towards goal. His touch abandons him a bit, but he looked to be dragged down. Play on, says the ref
 
57′
Crowd is shocked. Trying to rally, but clearly stunned. (And they have a right to be...)
 
55′
Goal resulted in a long ball in from Gooch. More of a prayer than anything, but it resulted in a tally.
 
55′
The crowd is incensed (and silent). Looks like Casey went into Valladares with an elbow, but Roberto Moreno let it stand.
 
55′
Goal Conor Casey
 
55′
U.S. scores!!!
 
54′
It's still loud as the U.S. enjoys more possession but few chances.
 
52′
All six U.S. field players eligible to sub are warming up. Meanwhile, Pavon's effort goes well over the crossbar
 
51′
Bradley from distance. Just over the bar.
 
50′
Casey shot from the right side of the 18-yard box. Scooped up by keeper, but U.S. showing some life after the goal. Perhaps the eruption of noise woke them up?
 
49′
The entire stadium is bouncing.
 
49′
Bradley blasts it into the wall to the glee of the 45,000+
 
48′
Yellow card for Honduras as U.S. earns a free kick from 30. Can the Stars and Stripes answer?
 
47′
Yellow Card O. Chávez
 
47′
Goal J. de León
 
47′
de Leon beats Howard to the keeper's right. Stadium is in pandemonium.
 
47′
GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
46′
Gooch right to Costly, who passes to Pavon. American centerback drags the Honduran striker down right outside the box. Dangerous free kick.
 
46′
U.S. kicks off, going towards the north end of the stadium
 
45′
Still 1-0 in Costa Rica. If these results hold, the U.S. will have to tie the Ticos on Wednesday in D.C.
 
 
Here come the Catrachos to a nice ovation, although it's not nearly as loud as the one they received at the beginning of the game.
 
 
Honduras must be feeling the pressure of past failures to qualify. The fans certainly seem nervous.
 
 
Stats from the first half: USA / HON Shots: 4 / 7 SOG: 1 / 2 Saves: 2 / 1 CK: 3 / 4 Fouls: 6 / 8 Off: 1 / 0
 
 
Honduras seems to be having less trouble than their opponents with the turf, but I still notices some players slipping.
 
 
Overall, you have to think the U.S. will be happy to be tied after conceding a number of good chances. That said, Davies should have buried his attempt(s).
 
45′
And that's the half.
 
45′
Donovan hits Bornstein coming out of the back. Across the field to Spector. Honduras heads clear.
 
45′
Will there be any stoppage time?
 
45′
U.S. into Honduras' end for the first time in what seems like ages. Playing around with the ball. Spector's cross is deflected and Honduras regains possession.
 
44′
Lovely bit of skill from Alvarez to bring down a high ball on his foot.
 
42′
Spector lost his footing but recovered to win the ball. Casey, showing his limitations, drags down Figueroa after losing a footrace for Spector's pass.
 
42′
Great quick passing from Honduras. Costly's shot from inside the box is deflected by a sliding Bornstein. His next attempt is scooped up by Howard.
 
41′
Relatively clean match so far. No cards (although there could have been one or two).
 
41′
Cross by Casey from the right side goes well long and wide. Not a good effort there. Should have done better with so much time.
 
40′
Donovan on the break. Davies receives the pass but falls down. Honduras the other way. Ball scooped up by Timmy.
 
39′
Bad backpass from Boca to Howard forces him to boot it out of bounds just over half field
 
38′
Where has Palacios gone?
 
38′
Bradley slips on the wet turf. The U.S. should really examine its boots at halftime
 
37′
Honduras in attack mode. They transition so quickly, with five or six guys getting forward immediately. Gooch does a good job to clear two crosses out.
 
36′
Casey does a nice job chesting a Howard goal kick down and gaining control. U.S. possesses but nothing comes of it.
 
36′
Casey does a nice job chesting a Howard goal kick down and gaining control. U.S. possesses but nothing comes of it.
 
35′
Alverez runs onto a nice redirected header from Costly but Boca clears. After the throw, Pavon misses a header on a cross from 25 yards out.
 
34′
Pace has slowed some as both teams seem tired from the last five minutes. U.S. playing into the match, slowly.
 
33′
Bad turnover by Bradley, but Honduras gives it right back.
 
32′
By far the best chance of the match for the U.S. (And exactly the reason why Holden is in the Starting XI. That ball was perfect.)
 
31′
Holden's cross finds Davies' head. Valladares makes a brilliant save but it bounces back to the U.S. attacker. Davies puts his shot over the bar. What a miss!
 
31′
Another U.S. turnover. They seem to be having trouble keeping their feet on the turf. (We'll give them the benefit of the doubt.)
 
30′
Catrachos supporters urging their men on. Alvarez, who's been dangerous on the left all match, gets behind the defense again and crosses. Bornstein calmly sends it out for a corner with Costly on his back.
 
29′
Costly nearly scores after Boca and Howard miscommunicate and let him in alone. Ball goes just left of the post.
 
28′
Costa Rica up 1-0.
 
27′
U.S. living dangerously with Honduras in its box. Finally cleared and Casey draws a foul to stem the tide and calm things down.
 
26′
De Leon sends a dangerous cross in from the left, but Gooch gets his foot and sends it out for a corner, which is cleared, but not far enough.
 
25′
The crowd is loud, but not overwhelmingly so. They seems to explode when something happens but then return to a dull roar during the run of play
 
24′
Another bad pass by Davies results in a break on the U.S. Goal, but Costly's throughball is too strong and Howard rushes to meet it.
 
23′
Holden's corner from the right side flies over all the U.S. attackers, but it's interesting to see someone other than Donovan take free kicks. That had to figure into Holden earning the start, yes?
 
23′
Casey earns a corner kick but probably could have done better with the service
 
22′
Scoreless in Costa Rica after 21 minutes
 
22′
The U.S. is struggling to link passes, but seems calmer in defense as the game progresses. Davies fouled near midfield
 
20′
Bornstein taken one-v-one by Alverez but wins the battle as the ball goes out for a goal kick
 
19′
Casey called for another foul for using his hands. That one looked questionable.
 
17′
Another corner earned after a scramble in the box saw the ball come back out to Donovan, whose crossing attempt was deflected. Corner comes to Bocanegra on a bounce, who just wasn't tall enough to get his head fully on the ball.
 
17′
Excellent buildup from the back through Ricardo Clark and Casey leads to a U.S. corner after Davies drove toward the net.
 
16′
Cleared by Casey but Honduras retains possession before sending a ball harmlessly towards Howard
 
16′
Donovan shows his speed and heart, chasing a ball all the way to the U.S. endline but he's just too slow. Corner for Honduras
 
14′
Spector gets position on de Leon and is dragged down. Fans don't like the call, but it's correct.
 
14′
Stuart Holden looks a bit out of sorts. Perhaps intimidated by his first qualifying start? This certainly isn't an easy venue in which to make it.
 
13′
Dangerous cross by de Leon goes through the six-yard box and comes out the other side. Honduras retains possession but ensuing cross goes out to touch.
 
13′
Fair to say the U.S. has weathered the Honduras storm so far, but they are giving up too much room in the midfield.
 
12′
Palacios beats three defenders with a pass but Izaguierre can't find anyone with his cross. Bornstein does well to take the ball from Costly on the endline and turn it upfield.
 
12′
Long ball from Gooch goes for naught
 
11′
Hon-Dur-As chants throughout the stadium as U.S. enjoys its first bit of true possession.
 
9′
Conor Casey is clearly the target man tonight. As I write that, he's whistled for a foul after using his arm on Figueroa.
 
8′
Dangerous foray by Hondruas, but Howard grabs the mishit cross.
 
7′
That last possession showed the speed of the Catrachos counter-attack. Went box to box in 5 seconds.
 
6′
Bradley's shot goes into the wall. Honduras possession. Costly in alone, but Spector does well to recover and hold him up enough for Howard to grab the ball.
 
6′
Donovan taken down from behind and the U.S. earns a dangerous chance 30 yards from net.
 
6′
First half chance on a U.S. giveaway, but de Leon's shot lands harmlessly in the seats.
 
5′
Honduras looks content to possess, sort of a surprise considering the emotion of the crowd. Thought they might come out faster.
 
3′
Palacios makes Bradley look foolish to please the crowd but then sends a pass out of bounds
 
2′
Honduras tries a long ball to Costly, but it flies over him. Bornstein ushers the ball out of bounds
 
1′
Honduras kicks off at 804
 
 
The stadium is packed. Like "Can't see the stairs between sections because people are sitting in them" packed. Incredible environment. Game time...
 
Results
Matchday 1
Times In EST
 
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A. Saborío A. Saborío
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8 1