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  • October 8, 2011
  • • 6:00 PM
  • • Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Referee: C. Campbell
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Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    That's it! With a first half goal from Clint Dempsey the U.S. secures its first win under Jurgen Klinsmann. It is definitely still a work in progress for Klinsmann and his staff, but there will be some positive signs. The U.S. is in action on Tuesday versus Ecuador, while Honduras returns home to face Jamaica.
  • 90' + 2'
    The U.S. has not looked spectacular, but definitely comfortable in the second half, save for a few minutes around the hour mark. It wasn't as nice as some of the play previously, but it looks to have secured Klinsmann and the U.S. a deserved win.
  • 90'
    Three minutes of added time in Miami.
  • 84'
    Goal USA, but it is ruled out! Dempsey had the ball in the back of the net, but was adjudged to have pushed up off a Honduras defender to get his header in.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionJozy Altidore J. Agudelo
  • 82'
    Yellow CardA. Mejía
  • 78'
    SubstitutionB. García Marvin Chávez
  • 78'
    Yellow CardMarvin Chávez
  • 77'
    SubstitutionR. Espinoza J. Claros
  • 76'
    SubstitutionTimothy Chandler Jonathan Spector
  • 73'
    Roger Espinoza sends a fierce shot at goal after a giveaway from the U.S., but Howard is equal to it.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionJ. de León Mario Martínez
  • 67'
    The game's been a bit more even in the second half, but if not for two shocking misses from Shea and Onyewu, the U.S. could be 2-0 or 3-0 up.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionJ. Bengtson R. Rojas
  • 65'
    SubstitutionDaniel Williams DaMarcus Beasley
  • 65'
    SubstitutionMaurice Edu Michael Bradley
  • 65'
    Incredible miss from Onyewu! The towering center back has the goal at his mercy following Escobar's inability to hold a shot from distance, but somehow manages to volley over.
  • 63'
    Yellow CardBrek Shea
  • 61'
    Bengtson's near-chance is reflective of the pressure Honduras have been putting on since Shea's miss.
  • 59'
    Not far off from Honduras as Bengtson just barely misses making contact with a whipped free kick. He was wide open.
  • 58'
    Yellow CardMaurice Edu
  • 53'
    Big miss by Shea! Altidore crosses for a wide open Shea at the part post, but the FC Dallas man gets his feet stuck and can't get the shot off.
  • 50'
    Excellent chance for the U.S. as some smart buildup play sees Edu filter it through to Williams, who blasts it low, only for Escobar to save. Edu, going for the rebound, collided hard with Escobar, and the Honduras goalkeeper is being tended to on the field.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionM. Orozco Oguchi Onyewu
  • 46'
    The second half is underway!
  • 45' + 1'
    Yellow CardCarlos Bocanegra
  • 45'
    That's it for the first half, the USA leads 1-0 thanks to Dempsey's goal 10 minutes from the break. The home side has had the better of play, but Honduras has managed to create some dangerous chances and Tim Howard has had to be aware to make a few saves.
  • 42'
    Yellow CardJozy Altidore
  • 41'
    Yellow CardB. García
  • 41'
    Yellow to Honduras' Oscar Boniek Garcia for a late challenge on Edu.
  • 37'
    Costly has a good chance to peg the U.S. back immediately as he controls a chipped pass with his chest to get free, but his left-footed volley is well off target.
  • 36'
    GOAL USA!!! It's Dempsey on hand to finish it off with a powerful effort! Shea's whipped cross from the right snuck past both Honduras and U.S. players and Dempsey was on hand to control and smash it home. U.S. up 1-0 less than 10 minutes before the half.
  • 35'
    GoalClint Dempsey
  • 32'
    Yellow CardKyle Beckerman
  • 32'
    The first yellow card of the match goes to Steve Cherundolo as he comes in late on Bengtson
  • 31'
    The U.S. is doing much better at using the space afforded by the large pitch at Sun Life Stadium, but the high-ish defensive line still looks vulnerable.
  • 30'
    Williams misses a good opportunity to score on his U.S. debut. Brek Shea used his pace to burst into the area and cut back. The ball took a deflection off Osman Chavez, falling right to Williams, who curled it just over the bar from 18 yards.
  • 27'
    Good save from Howard as Costly looks to test him from outside the area.
  • 23'
    Big chance for the U.S. as Edu gets his head on a Cherundolo free kick, but a great save from Donis Escobar to keep it level.
  • 20'
    Chandler finds Shea in the left channel, and the youngster takes it into the area, only to fire not far over from an angle.
  • 19'
    HUGE save from Tim Howard. Bengtson gets in behind, but Howard makes himself big and turns the one-on-one attempt behind for a corner. Poor defending from the U.S.
  • 12'
    The U.S. goes a little more direct, with Danny Williams and Dempsey involved in the buildup before Chandler's cross finds the head of Shea, whose flicked header goes just wide.
  • 10'
    Honduras gets the game's first shot on target after Clint Dempsey gives it away, but the shot from well outside the area is easily scooped up by Tim Howard.
  • 7'
    The U.S. is trying some one-touch passing, but doesn't seem quite dialed in yet, giving the ball away a few times to Honduras, which is content to boot it forward.
  • 4'
    Costly gets by Orozco, who brings down the Honduran just outside the area, but the resulting free kick strikes a Honduras player and goes well out for a goal kick.
  • 2'
    It has been raining and windy in Miami, meaning the U.S. players' technical skills and ability to keep the ball on the ground could be heavily tested.
  • 1'
    The game is underway!
  • Both teams will be looking to snap two game losing streaks. Honduras lost to Colombia and Paraguay in September, while the U.S. fell to Costa Rica and Belgium.
  • The players are on the field and the national anthems have just finished. We are moments away from kickoff! Jamaica's Courtney Campbell is the referee this evening.
  • There will be some familiar faces in the Honduras lineup for MLS followers as Houston's Carlo Costly starts up front for los catrachos with Kansas City's Roger Espinoza in midfield. Stoke City's Wilson Palacios does not get the start, but Wigan's Maynor Figueroa is in the XI. Honduras XI: Escobar; Sabillón, O. Chávez, Figueroa, Leverón; De Leon, A. Mejía, García, Espinoza; Bengston, Costly.
  • The lineups are in! Hoffenheim midfielder Danny Williams is set to receive his first U.S. cap under Jurgen Klinsmann, while Clint Dempsey starts up top with Jozy Altidore. Klinsmann continues to experiment with Timothy Chandler at left back with Michael Orozco Fiscal, Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo rounding out the back line. Full U.S. starting XI: Howard; Cherundolo, Orozco Fiscal, Bocanegra (capt.), Chandler; Beckerman; Williams, Edu, Shea; Dempsey, Altidore U.S. Bench: Hamid, Spector, Onyewu, Larentowicz, Beasley, Bradley, Agudelo
  • Welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of the United States' showdown with Honduras in Miami! Jurgen Klinsmann is still looking for his first win as U.S. coach and continues to experiment with his lineup. Honduras, the reigning Central American champion is looking for an impressive scalp to add to its collection after reaching the Gold Cup semifinals.