USA-Honduras Live: Teams Draw After Maynor Figueroa Scores Late Goal


October 14, 2014

Jozy AltidoreFinal, 1-1: The game is over. USA-Honduras ends in a draw.

The teams were forced to share the bragging rights after Figueroa’s late goal cancelled out Altidore’s opener. The United States played well, but its performance dipped sharply in the second half. Honduras’ substitutions made a positive impact, and the visitors’ goal was just rewards for their second-half improvement.

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90th minute +3, 1-1: Chavez hits a rolling shot from distance, but Rimando collects it without a fuss.

90th minute, 1-1: There will be five minutes of added time in the second half.

90th minute, 1-1: Ibarra comes on for Diskerud, who undoubtedly will be disappointed about the aftermath of his 85th-minute tackle.

89th minute, 1-1: Garrido is cautioned.

86th minute, 1-1: Figueroa ties it up for Honduras.

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Martinez hit a well-placed free kick into the U.S. goal-mouth, and Figueroa thundered home his header.

Jones’ marking on Figueroa wasn’t tight enough to stop the Honduran defender.

85th minute, 1-0 United States: Diskerud is cautioned for a tackle from behind on Chavez.

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83rd minute, 1-0 United States: Jones and Quioto have a foot race, which ends when Jones makes a perfect slide-tackle to knock the ball out of play.

Jones would have given away a penalty kick and been cautioned for the second time if he got that tackle wrong.

81st minute, 1-0 United States: The substitutions have taken their toll, as the game has lost the quality it had in the first 70 minutes and lurches toward a sloppy and disjointed end.

78th minute, 1-0 United States: Corona enters the fray for the United States. Bedoya exits.

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76th minute, 1-0 United States: Morales comes on for Bradley, as Klinsman makes a change in the U.S. midfield.

Chavez replaces Elis for Honduras.

74th minute, 1-0 United States: Diskerud dribbles his way into Honduras’ penalty area and sets up to shoot, but Crisanto denies him a scoring chance with a fine slide tackle.

70th minute, 1-0 United States: Garcia exits, and Rodriguez enters, as Honduras makes another change.

69th minute, 1-0 United States: Martinez shoots into the side netting after Crisanto sets him up with a perfect through-ball.

63rd minute, 1-0 United States: Team USA makes three substitutions. Ream comes on for Besler, Wood replaces Dempsey and Yedlin swaps in for Zusi.

62nd minute 1-0 United States: Martinez replaces Najar, as Honduras makes its third substitution.

61st minute, 1-0 United States: Bernardez shoots the ensuing free kick well over the crossbar.

60th minute, 1-0 United States: Jones is cautioned for a cynical tackle on Quioto, who has been causing him problems in the second half.

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56th minute, 1-0 United States: Quioto spins away from Jones near the sideline, cuts inside and shots powerfully over the crossbar.

It was Jones’ first glaring error of the game.

54th minute, 1-0 United States: Delgado shoots from distance, but Rimando saves his rolling effort out for a corner kick.

50th minute, 1-0 United States: Quioto is cautioned for holding Rimando back, as the U.S. goalkeeper tried to spark a counter-attack.

46th minute, 1-0 United States: The second half is underway at FAU Stadium.

Honduras made a pair of substitutions during the break. Rojas and Claro depart. Quioto and Delgado come into the game.

Halftime, 1-0 United States: That’s the end of the first half. Team USA leads by one.

Altidore’s goal gave the United States the start it wanted, putting his team ahead after just 10 minutes. Team USA attacked and defended well throughout the first half but didn’t convert a pair of chances midway through the half, which would have blown the game open.

The Americans’ passing was sharp, and it made few, if any, defensive lapses. Najar, playing in the U.S. for the first time in ages, was active and positive. Elis could have tied the game shortly after Altidore’s goal, but he failed to test Rimando.

The United States was posed most of its threats on the left side. Garze, Bedoya, Altidore (as well as Bradley and Diskerud) were particularly impressive.

As for Jones at center back. This is about right:

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43rd minute, 1-0 United States: Team USA breaks forward, Garza sends an accurate cross-field pass to Zusi, but Izaguirre breaks up the play before Zusi can tee up a shot.

36th minute, 1-0 United States: After a pair of deflections, Garza misses with a powerful shot on the half-volley from the edge of Honduras’ penalty area.

30th minute, 1-0 United States: The teams continue to play at a high tempo. Team USA has an advantage in possession, but Honduras is showing a willingness to make quick transitions and counter-attack when possible.

23rd minute, 1-0 United States: Dempsey flicks a shot over the crossbar after Jones flipped a pass his way off of a corner kick.

21st minute, 1-0 United States: Bedoya surges forward and slides a pass across the goal-mouth, but a Honduras defender breaks up the play before Dempsey can arrive for the tap-in.

19th minute, 1-0 United States: Rimando mis-hits a pass, which goes straight to Najar. The Honduras midfielder shoots on goal but misses the targets, as Rimando hustled to return to his goal line.

16th minute, 1-0 United States: Claros loses control of the ball and takes Garza down with a slide-tackle. The referee cautions Claros for the foul.

13th minute, 1-0 United States: Elis heads an attempt over the bar, as Honduras looks to tie it up.

10th minute, 1-0 United States: Altidore fires the U.S. to an early lead.

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Diskerud pounced on a loose ball in the midfield and played it to Bradley, who hit a fine diagonal pass to Altidore. The U.S. striker controlled the pass, touched it around Bernardez and hit a low shot inside the near post past the diving Escober.

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Altidore has hit pay-dirt in his hometown in front of a host of his family and friends.

Eighth minute, 0-0: Altidore dispossesses Bernardez in the midfield and slides a pass to Dempsey at the top of the penalty area. Dempsey hits a sliding shot, but it goes wide of Escober’s goal.

Fifth minute, 0-0: The teams have shared possession in the opening minutes with neither side taking charge of the early proceedings.

Kickoff: USA-Honduras is underway at FAU Stadium.

Pregame: Jermaine Jones is starting at center back for the United States.

You read that correctly.

Jones, who forged his reputation in Germany and the U.S. as a combative central midfielder, moves to the back line for the first time in his national-team career. Jones will partner Besler in the center.

The U.S. midfield and front lines arguably are its strongest, as Bradley, Zusi and Dempsey return to the starting 11. It’s the first time they have played together since this summer’s World Cup.

7:30 p.m.: Here are the lineups:

United States

Nick Rimando (22), goalkeeper
Greg Garza (14), left back
Matt Besler (5), center back
Jermaine Jones (13), center back
Timmy Chandler (21), right back
Mix Diskerud (10), midfielder
Michael Bradley (4), midfielder
Graham Zusi (19), midfielder
Alejandro Bedoya (11), midfielder
Clint Dempsey (8), forward
Jozy Altidore (17), striker


Bill Hamid (12), goalkeeper
Michael Orozco (3), defender
Tim Ream (16), defender
DeAndre Yedlin (2), defender
Alfredo Morales (6), midfielder
Joe Corona (15), midfielder
Miguel Ibarra (9), forward
Bobby Wood (23), forward
Chris Wondolowski (18), striker

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Donis Escober (22), goalkeeper
Emilio Izaguirre (7), left back
Maynor Figueroa (3), center back
Victor Bernardez (5), center back
Wilmer Crisanto (13), right back
Luis Garrido (19), midfielder
Jorge Claros (20), midfielder
Oscar Garcia (14), midfielder
Andy Najar (17), midfielder
Rojer Rojas (21), striker
Alberth Elis (9), striker


Kevin Hernandez (1), goalkeeper
Wilfredo Barahona (15), defender
Javier Portillo (16), defender
Henry Figueroa (4), defender
Mario Martinez (10), midfielder
Marvin Chavez (12), midfielder
Edder Delgado (23), midfielder
Bryan Acosta (6), midfielder
Juan Rodriguez (8), midfielder
Romell Quioto (11), striker

4:30 p.m. ET: Reinforcements are coming to help Team USA now that Landon Donovan is out of the picture.

The United States men’s national soccer team faces Honduras on Tuesday in an exhibition game at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. Team USA is coming off an emotionally charged 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Friday night and looks to cap its two-game homestand with a win over its regional rival.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six changes to the squad that took on Ecuador. Klinsmann called up 2014 FIFA World Cup veterans Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi and goalkeeper Sean Johnson. Meanwhile, six players from the original squad returned to their clubs.

Honduras’ roster primarily consists of domestic and Major League Soccer-based players but also includes a few who play in Europe. Nine of the 21 players on the roster were on Honduras’ 2014 World Cup squad that lost all three of its group-stage games at the competition.

Tuesday’s game marks a homecoming for a pair of U.S. national team players. Alejandro Bedoya hails from Weston, Fla. (40 miles south of FAU Stadium), while Jozy Altidore grew up right in Boca Raton.

“I?ve played a few times in Florida, but Sun Life (Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.) is the closest I?ve been to Boca, so I?m excited to play here,? Altidore told U.S. Soccer. ?I?m going to have a lot of friends and family in the stands, a lot of people who have been around since I started to play soccer here, so I?m excited.?

USA-Honduras kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. Join us right here for all the action from FAU Stadium.

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