Bobby Wood added his name to US national team lore on Tuesday evening, as the Hamburg striker fired home a late equalizer to earn the Yanks a nerve-jangling 1-1 draw with Honduras at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula.
The substitute's late heroics rescued an otherwise painful outing for the USMNT, who turned in a jittery, uneven performance under crushing pressure and trailed most of the game thanks to Houston Dynamo striker Romell Quioto.
Quioto beat US center back Omar Gonzalez just short of the half-hour mark and for most of the ensuing hour, it looked more likely that Los Catrachos would add to their lead than a Yanks comeback.
But with the final minutes ticking away, Wood was the man on the spot deep in the Honduras penalty box after a long-range Kellyn Acosta free kick sparked havoc.
- 27' – HON – Romell Quioto
- 85' – USA – Bobby Wood
: A draw is a fine result for the visitors, who remain a nose ahead of Honduras and control their destiny heading into the final brace of
qualifiers next month. But most of those watching back home were hitting full panic mode as the USMNT defense continued to look ponderous and creaky, even with a host of changes from the lineup that
lost to Costa Rica
on Friday. Disaster averted ... but problems persist.
- HON: Friday, Oct. 6 – at Costa Rica (TBA)
- USA: Friday, Oct. 6 – vs. Panama (7:35 pm ET | ESPN)