LA Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza started and went the full 90 in Guam’s historic 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory Thursday over Turkmenistan at the Guam National Stadium, the tiny Pacific nation’s first-ever World Cup qualifying victory.
Hosting a World Cup match for the first time ever, Guam were gifted the winning tally on an own goal from Serdar Annaorazov in the 14th minute in the second round of Asian qualifying. In their last World Cup qualifier, Guam were defeated 16-0 by Tajikistan in 2000.
In international friendly action Wednesday, Honduras were their usual pesky selves in a high-level friendly Wednesday against five-time World Cup winners Brazil.
Los Catrachos and their pair of Houston Dynamo stars gave Brazil all they could handle in a 1-0 loss. And there was some cause for concern for Dynamo fans, as Boniek Garcia, who started up top in head coach Jorge Luis Pinto’s 4-4-2 formation, had to be subbed off in the 38th minute after a hard challenge from Brazil’s Felipe Luis.
Luis Garrido started on the right wing before being subbed off at the 53-minute mark.
Brazil’s lone goal came from Roberto Firmino in the 33rd minute as the world power struggled to find chances, with Honduras conceding 22 fouls.
On Thursday, Spain defeated Costa Rica in a friendly, 2-1. New York Red Bulls defender Roy Miller played the full 90 for Costa Rica, while Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio came off the bench with a minute to play.
MLS players in international action on June 11:
Spain 2, Costa Rica 1, international friendly
Canada 2, Dominica 0, CONCACAF WC qualifier
Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas) - started, played 74 minutes
Will Johnson (Portland Timbers) - unused substitute
Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC) - started, played 78 minutes, 1 goal, 1 PK earned
Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC) - unused substitute
Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC) - unused substitute
Karl W. Ouimette (New York Red Bulls) - started, played 90 minutes
Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps) - started, played 82 minutes
Maxim Tissot (Montreal Impact) - substitute, played 16 minutes
St. Kitts and Nevis 2, El Salvador 2, CONCACAF WC qualifier
Iraq – 4-0 loss vs. Japan, international friendly
Justin Meram (Crew SC) – played 55 minutes