The After Bar: USMNT 1 – Honduras 0
Planting the Seed of Soccer Across America: Danny Beerseed
It wasn't pretty and a couple of times it seemed as though the United States men's national team would leave a sold out Rio Tinto Stadium with a sole point, but the on fire Jozy Altidore came up huge again to lead the Nats to a 1-0 win over a stubborn Honduras.
It was Altidore's four in four matches and it was all the U.S. would need to get past a theatrical and, often times, frustrating Honduran side. Sporting KC midfield Graham Zusi carried the ball up field and found Fabian Johnson cutting through the box on the left. A heads-up Johnson found Altidore unmarked in front of the goal, and as it has been frequently lately, Jozy buried the ball in the back of the net in the 73rd minute.
With 13 points the Nats stay atop atop the “Hex” and look to be a lock for next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Qualifying takes a break until early September (at Costa Rica on the 6th), but the U.S. will prepare for this summer's Gold Cup with an international friendly against Guatemala in San Diego before beginning the 2013 edition of the tournament in Portland, Oregon against Belize on July 9th.
Recap and analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) – “Lethal Altidore-Johnson combo lead U.S. to 1-0 win over Honduras”
Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) – “Armchair Analyst: 3 things we learned as USMNT gutted out a win … and inched closer to Brazil”
Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) – “What we learned from the U.S. World Cup qualifier win over Honduras”
Liviu Bird (American Soccer Now) – “How the U.S. beat the bunker to defeat Honduras”
Mike Cardillo (Big Lead Sports) – “Jozy Altidore is Hot, Jurgen Klinsmann is Making All the Right Moves, and US Soccer is on Fire”
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