World Cup Qualifier: Honduras Defeat the United States


The 2014 World Cup in Rio De Janeiro is right around the corner and the qualifiers have begun. For the United States men’s national team…it was an ugly start.

Feb 6, 2013; San Pedro Sula, HONDURAS; USA forward Clinton Dempsey (8) scores a goal in the first half as forward Eddie Johnson (18) watches in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Honduras at Estadio Olimpico. Honduras defeated the United States 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The United States lost to Honduras 2-1 in a close game that ended when Boniek Garcia scored the game-winning goal for Honduras in the seventy-ninth minute.

Clint Dempsey scored the American’s only goal in the thirty-sixth minute.

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With nine remaining qualifying games left for the United States, Jürgen Klinsmann has some work to do to get his squad eligable to make the trip down to Brazil.

"“They were very good today. It was a good game by them, and you have to give them credit,” said Klinsmann. “You have to give Honduras lots of compliments today. They did what they needed to do and scored a fantastic goal. We knew coming here it was going to be a difficult game and it was.”"

The USA Men’s National Team will return to the United States to play Costa Rica at home and then will travel to Mexico in March.

The American’s under the reigns of Klinsmann (of Germany) are 23-11 (16-7 in friendly matches; 7-4 in competitive matches).

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