Bobby Woods earned the USA a vital 1-1 draw with Honduras in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday. The United States has a +1 differential and is tied with Honduras with eight total points heading into tonight's game. The U.S. has reached the past seven World Cups but may now have to win both of its final two games - at home to Panama and at Trinidad and Tobago next month - to extend that streak.
The U.S. will return to action October 6 when they host Panama at Orlando City Stadium. And if they win that game and finish the 10-game tournament by beating Trinidad and Tobago, they go to Russian Federation no matter what the others do.
The U.S. Men's National Team kick off on Tuesday night against Honduras at 5:36 p.m. on beIN Sports.
There were just two changes for Honduras, who overcame Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 last week. At what point does Bruce Arena realize that Clint Dempsey is best used as a super sub, that Beasley can not be your left back and that Graham Zusi has no business playing right back at a World Cup level? "Let's see if we can win a couple of games now to close out this year and maybe go to a World Cup - and then solve all of the world's problems at that point". "We fell behind a goal and tried to get it back". Arena himself admitted as much.
With Mexico already locking up one of the three automatic qualifying spots from CONCACAF, and second-placed Costa Rica nearly certain to grab another, Arena's men are in a three-way battle for third with Honduras and Panama.
Bobby Wood & Matt Besler Lead US to Key Road Draw
Wood's goal secured a 1-1 tie with host Honduras in sweltering conditions that saw the heat index rise to as high as 116 degrees at the start of the match.
For most of the first half Honduras scorched the US on the wings, which is where the scoring play started with Alex Lopez launching Quioto on a run up the left side.
USAdefenderOmar Gonzalez unsuccessfully tried a slide tackle on the left side of the penalty area that left Quioto free to fire a shot off the far post and in for the lead against goalkeeperBrad Guzan.
"This group is strong and ready for this challenge", USA midfielder Michael Bradley said. But perhaps the most important thing that happened at halftime was a conversation between Arena and Wood. "I'm really proud of our team". "It was planned. We knew that". Bobby Wood put himself in a great position and showed clinical finishing ability to score the all-important equalizer that may end up being decisive for the USMNT's qualifying campaign. Soon after Wood came in for Darlington Nagbe but as much as the US pushed, they could not break down the Honduras defence and, as they went for an equalizer, opened themselves up at the back.
When Clint Dempsey scored his first goal for the United States, Christian Pulisic was 6 years old. DefenderMatt Besler hooked the rebound back into the middle, Jordan Morris headed it onward and Bobby Wood flicked it home with the outside of his right foot. They built an enormous coast-to-coast youth soccer competition (the Development Academy) for the express objective of growing more and better players from the grassroots up.
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