All six goals from the USMNT WCQ against Honduras

Clint Dempsey

The three players from European leagues are Geoff Cameron, Jon Brooks and Christian Pulisic, who will be one of the more exciting players in this match. They looked reenergized in Bruce Arena's first match in charge during the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match against Honduras, and brushed them aside, winning 6-0. The Americans had already qualified and the Canaleros were within minutes of a first World Cup appearance at the expense of Mexico when their world caved in. "It's remarkable, and I said, 'He's gotta play'".

Their response was emphatic, elders and youth alike.

You never would have been able to tell the dire state of U.S. Men's National Soccer team by the atmosphere at Avaya Stadium on Friday night for its critical World Cup qualifying match against Honduras or by the Americans' performance in a stunning 6-0 annihilation of the visitors. "No two ways about that".

It was a systematic display of dominance from the Americans, who got the scoring started just five minutes into the game with a goal from Sebastian Lletget.

Fifteen years ago, Arena decided to make Donovan a central component of his first U.S. World Cup team. The 34-year-old-striker will no doubt start Tuesday night's game against Panama, and should be looked upon heavily in the coming months as the USA try to dig their way back up to the qualifying spots.

Bruce Arena, who took over from Klinsmann following losses to Mexico and Costa Rica in qualifiers last November, moved Pulisic into central midfield against Honduras, a role that allowed Pulisic to become the heartbeat of the USA attack.

The top three finishers in the six-team "Hexagonal" qualifying competition qualify automatically for next year's finals in Russian Federation. With a victory at Panama on Tuesday, the Americans could move into the top three. Alejandro Bedoya took his place. The U.S converted 75% of their shots on target. It was a tough process going through that and not really knowing.

The win bolsters the U.S. up to fourth in The Hex after starting the day in the sixth and last place in the standings.

It was uncertain whether Dempsey, who has been easing his way back to action with the Seattle Sounders after being sidelined with heart problems, would get the start.

"I just think he's so much further ahead than I was or than any of us were at that age", Landon Donovan said. "It made it easy for me".

Tim Howard, 38 years old and a starter at the past two World Cups, is expected to be in goal after recovering from a thigh injury sustained against Mexico. Pulisic did his part, scoring a fine goal, recording two assists and helping in two other goals. Villafana was on the left.

Sadly, Lletget's day would end about ten minutes later, when he was forced off the field win an injury suffered in a 15th minute challenge by Ever Alvarado that also saw the first caution of the day.

In addition to Lletget getting hurt, the US saw defender John Brooks get stretchered off in the 70th minute.

The best decision Arena made was to play Christian Pulisic in central midfield. Jozy Altidore plays an initial ball into Christian Pulisic whose shot was saved, and Lletget was there to tuck it home.

Pulisic's delightful chipped pass found Dempsey, who held off a defender before rifling into the top corner. "He keeps to himself", Howard said.

Javier Hernandez scored on a cross from Carlos Vela to open the score in the seventh minute and Nestor Araujo added a headed goal on the stroke of halftime. Trinidad won 1-0 at home against Panama on Kevin Molino's 37th-minute goal.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Apple iOS 10.3 is here: Find My AirPods, smarter Siri, more
Other than a tiny boost to storage, it's unlikely you'll see any benefits from this new file system on an iPad or iPhone just yet. And now, with the new TV app, you have one place to access shows and movies from multiple video apps - in one unified experience.

Supergirl's Musical Crossover Hits a High Note on 'The Flash'
In it, she has just broken up with her boyfriend from planet Daxem, Mon-El (Chris Wood) due to his lying to her about his past. Shortly thereafter, the Music Meister appears and Barry goes after him, leading to Barry being whammied just like Kara .

Dead, 14 Injured After Cincinnati Nightclub Shooting
A little after 1am on Sunday, a witness told investigators he heard the club's DJ call for security for about 10 minutes. Sunday's shooting was one of the largest he had seen in his more than 20 years with the department, Neudigate added.

Other news