CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Los seleccionados hondureños salieron contentos con el triunfo contra Estados Unidos el miércoles en el estadio Olímpico, pero son conscientes que la hexagonal apenas empieza y no pueden confiarse.
Costa Rica may have broken Panamanian hearts, but it was Jamaica who made history on the first day of the Hexagonal.
The Reggae Boyz, led by Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, went into Estadio Azteca and came out with a precious point against heavily favored Mexico on Wednesday night, securing a 0-0 draw as the home team was whistled off the pitch by their own fans.
On CONCACAF Hexagonal opening day, US national team report cards reflect a bad performance in Honduras that seemed off from the start.
A green defense was disorganized while Carlos Bocanegra sat on the bench. Jurgen Klinsmann's charges clearly seemed content to let Honduras dictate the tempo and a slew of concentration mistakes followed.
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – On a warm afternoon near the Caribbean coast, Honduras' pressure eventually proved stifling to a lackluster US national team.
The US, if they’re going to qualify for the World Cup, will have to learn from this 2-1 loss. It’s Jurgen Klinsmann’s job to make sure that they do. That’s always going to be the first and most important point here – especially since there are nine games left in the Hexagonal.
Here are three others:
Where’s the midfield pressure?
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - De salida la elección como centrales de Geoff Cameron y Omar González, en la selección de los Estados Unidos, generaba dudas en cuanto a la falta de exposición internacional de ambos jugadores. Sobre todo para un partido como este, en donde el ambiente hostil podría definir las cosas en un segundo.
For all of four minutes on Thursday, the US national team basked in the San Pedro Sula heat and the best start to the Hexagonal round of CONACAF World Cup qualifying they could imagine.
But in a flash that mirage was gone, and the Americans wilted under steamy conditions in their first step on the road to the World Cup with a 2-1 loss to Honduras.
What happened in San Pedro Sula? It was far more than just a 2-1 US loss to Honduras.