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2 vs 1
USA
USA
Played
February 6, 2013 4:00 PM EST
Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano — San Pedro Sula
Referee:‬ W. Quesada‎
Attendance:‬ 32000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Honduras 2-1 USA

Goal.com runs down the performances as the USA began the Hex with a disappointing loss in San Pedro Sula.

By Keith Hickey

  • N. Valladares
    12
    1
    3.00

    N. Valladares

    Didn't have too much to do all game, and hardly had a chance to stop Dempsey's excellent opener.

  • Juan Carlos García
    17
    1
    3.00

    Juan Carlos García

    A fantastic overhead kick to equalize in the first after getting caught out on the U.S. opener.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    16
    1
    3.50

    Maynor Figueroa

    Showed his quality with a composed defensive performance. Will be a key player if Honduras wants to emulate its 2010 cycle success.

  • V. Bernárdez
    16
    1
    3.50

    V. Bernárdez

    Helped keep Altidore quiet all game alongside Figueroa.

  • O. Peralta
    7
    4
    3.00

    O. Peralta

    Had some slight issues with Johnson in the first, but overall not really troubled.

  • Mario Martínez
    12
    2
    3.00

    Mario Martínez

    A threat down that lively Honduran left flank, and nearly had a goal with a fierce strike in the first.

  • Luis Garrido
    15
    2
    3.00

    Luis Garrido

    Was part of a dominant Honduran midfield. The 22-year-old is poised to have a breakout year, and he showed why today.

  • R. Espinoza
    15
    0
    3.50

    R. Espinoza

    Looked good going forward early, nearly creating a goal that Johnson cleared off the line, and helped control the game when moved deeper later on.

  • B. García
    12
    1
    3.00

    B. García

    Was kept quiet for bits of the match before popping up with the winning assist.

  • C. Costly
    15
    0
    3.50

    C. Costly Top of the Match

    Honduras' liveliest player on the field in the opening hour and change. Pinned Chandler back in the first half, but faded as his team went into the ascendancy.

  • J. Bengtson
    11
    3
    3.00

    J. Bengtson

    Missed a few opportunities when he should have scored, before excellently finishing Boniek Garcia's cross for the winner.

Substitutions

  • J. Claros
    6
    2

    J. Claros

    Came on for Bengston as the Catrachos killed the clock.

  • G. Welcome
    6
    2

    G. Welcome

    Came on as a time-killing sub for Costly.

  • Tim Howard
    22
    20
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    Saved the U.S. a number of times. Could do nothing about a fantastic opener, and was hung out to dry by his defense for the second.

  • Fabian Johnson
    4
    29
    2.50

    Fabian Johnson

    Made a vital interception on the line in the first half, but offered little offensively.

  • Geoff Cameron
    7
    39
    1.50

    Geoff Cameron Flop of the Match

    Poor showing from the Stoke man who was beaten by Boniek Garcia on the second Honduras goal and allowed the Dynamo man to get the vital cross in.

  • Omar Gonzalez
    7
    34
    2.00

    Omar Gonzalez

    One huge mistake in failing to track Bengtson on the winner.

  • Timothy Chandler
    4
    36
    2.00

    Timothy Chandler

    Given a rough time by Costly, so much that he looked gassed at the end of the first half. Didn't offer his usual quality going forward.

  • Clint Dempsey
    23
    19
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    A wonderful lobbed finish on Jones' assist, but wasn't the mercurial creative force the U.S. desperately needed.

  • Daniel Williams
    4
    32
    2.00

    Daniel Williams

    Wasn't able to help the U.S. control the middle, and ended up just another defensive midfielder in a team containing too many of them.

  • Jermaine Jones
    16
    22
    3.00

    Jermaine Jones

    A fantastic assist the top for Dempsey, but was unable to win the midfield battle.

  • Michael Bradley
    18
    26
    3.00

    Michael Bradley

    Unable to impose himself like U.S. fans have wanted to see, but was one of the better players in a bad bunch.

  • Eddie Johnson
    13
    21
    2.00

    Eddie Johnson

    Showed flashes of quality early as an unorthodox winger, but was unable to impose himself. Taken off for Kljestan.

  • Jozy Altidore
    13
    24
    2.00

    Jozy Altidore

    Had a few half-chances, but never really threatened.

Substitutions

  • Maurice Edu
    6
    22
    2.00

    Maurice Edu

    Tried to keep it simple for the U.S., but a puzzling choice with the wealth of physical, defensively capable players on the field for the Americans.

  • Sacha Kljestan
    6
    26
    2.00

    Sacha Kljestan

    Brought on as Klinsmann looked to control the game, but was unable to dictate the tempo.

  • Graham Zusi
    7
    21
    2.00

    Graham Zusi

    Came on as the U.S. looked to get control of the midfield, but was barely on before the Yanks went down a goal.

Results
Matchday 1
Times In EST
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
Striker
FC Dallas
9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
8 1