The After Bar: USMNT 3 – Honduras 1 (Gold Cup)
Planting the Seed of Soccer Across America: Danny Beerseed
Easy as one, two, three. Three goals from the United States men's national team and they're on their way to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. A thoroughly dominating performance by the Nats, 3-1 over Honduras, means a date with surprise finalists Panama.
Eddie Johnson, freed by a great ball from Landon Donovan, broke away from the Panamanian defense to open the scoring in the 11th minute. Donovan would tally two goals of his own, a goalmouth tap-in at the 27th minute mark, and then a speedy response to Honduras' lone goal in the 53rd minute.
The USMNT is seeking it's fifth Gold Cup title and has reached the finals in nine of the 12 editions of the tournament. The win extended the Nats record-setting win streak to ten games as they improved to 11-2-2 in 2013.
The Final, televised nationally on main FOX, is at 3pm CT on Sunday from Soldier Field in Chicago.
Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) – “American stars back in fine form boost U.S. at Gold Cup”
Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) – “Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from Landon Donovan's domination at JerryWorld”
Richard Farley (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) – “Circling back on Klinsmann’s changes: What worked, what didn’t for the U.S. vs. Honduras”
Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) – “United States is streaking as a team – but not so spectacularly as Landon Donovan is individually”
Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) – “United States is rolling like never before in Gold Cup play”
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