International Roundup: Cahill goal drives Socceroos

Tim Cahill - Australia

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The big MLS fireworks on the day were provided by Honduras, who handed Canada an 8-1 thrashing in advancing to the Hexagonal. New England's Jerry Bengtson and Seattle's Mario Martínez combined for five goals and four assists in the rout, while former Houston Dynamo forward Carlo Costly had a hat trick and an assist of his own.

Not to be outdone, Costa Rica hung a touchdown on 10-man Guyana, winning 7-0. RSL's Álvaro Saborío had a pair of goals and a missed PK in that one.

The US, meanwhile, advanced to the Hexagonal with a 3-1 win over Guatemala.

The final six Hexagonal teams are the US and Jamaica out of Group 1; Costa Rica and Mexico out of Group 2; and Honduras and Panama out of Group 3. Qualifying will resume in February.

On the other side of the world, New York's Tim Cahill led Australia into Iraq and came out with a goal and a much-needed 2-1 win, their first of the round. It bumped them up to second in the AFC's Group B halfway through the qualifying process.

Also getting on the scoreboard was Toronto FC's Darren O'Dea, who had the capper in a business-like 4-1 Ireland win over the Faroe Islands.

Full rundown of MLS participation in international play:

Albania – Won 1-0 vs. Slovenia, World Cup qualifier
F - Hamdi Salihi (DC) - Entered as a 46th-minute substitute

Australia – Won 2-1 at Iraq, World Cup qualifier
F - Tim Cahill (NY) - Started, played 90 minutes, scored 1 goal

Costa Rica – Won 7-0 vs. Guyana, World Cup qualifier
D - Roy Miller (NY) – Started, played 90 minutes
M/D - Rodney Wallace (POR) – Dressed, did not play
F - Álvaro Saborío (RSL) – Started, played 90 minutes, scored 2 goals

Ecuador – Drew 1-1 at Venezuela, World Cup qualifier
M - Oswaldo Minda (CHV) – Entered as a 70th-minute substitutue

El Salvador – Lost 2-0 at Mexico, World Cup qualifier
D - Steve Purdy (POR) – Started, played 90 minutes

Estonia – Won 1-0 at Andorra, World Cup qualifier
M - Joel Lindpere (NY) – Started, played 69 minutes

Honduras - Won 8-1 vs. Canada, World Cup qualifier
F - Jerry Bengtson (NE) - Started, played 90 minutes, scored 3 goals 2 assists
D - Victor Bernardez (SJ) - Started, played full 90 minutes
M - Oscar Boniek Garcia (HOU) - Started, played 77 minutes
M - Mario Martinez (SEA) - Started, played 90 minutes, scored 2 goals, 2 assists

Ireland – Won 4-1 vs. Faroe Islands, World Cup qualifier
F- Robbie Keane (LA) – Started, played 80 minutes
D - Darren O’Dea (TOR) – Started, played full 90 minutes, scored 1 goal

Jamaica – Won 4-1 vs. Antigua & Barbuda, World Cup qualifier
F - Omar Cummings (COL) – Entered as a 68th-minute sub
D - Jermaine Taylor (HOU) – Started, played full 90 minutes
D - Shavar Thomas (MTL) – Dressed, did not play
M/D - Lovel Palmer (POR) – Started, played full 90 minutes
M - Je-Vaughn Watson (HOU) – Entered as an 83rd-minute sub
F - Ryan Johnson (TOR) – Started, played 68 minutes
M - Dane Richards (VAN) – Started, played full 90 minutes, scored 2 goals
F - Dicoy Williams (TOR) – Dressed, did not play

New Zealand – Won 3-0 vs. Tahiti, World Cup qualifier
M - Dan Keat (LA) – Entered as 66th-minute substitute

Panama – Drew 1-1 at Cuba, World Cup qualifier
M - Gabriel Gómez (PHI) – Started, played 76 minutes
F - Blas Pérez (DAL) – Started, played full 90 minutes

Scotland – Lost 2-0 at Belgium, World Cup qualifier
F - Kenny Miller (VAN) – Entered as 76th-minute substitute

Sweden – Drew 4-4 at Germany, World Cup qualifier
D - Adam Johansson (SEA) – Dressed, did not play
M - Christian Wilhelmsson (LA) – Dressed, did not play

Uruguay – Lost 4-1 at Bolivia, World Cup qualifier
M - Álvaro Fernández (CHI) – Entered as a 65th-minute substitute