Altidore looking like he's going to get a break away today, nice.
USMNT v. Honduras, Game Thread
Other key news is that the US started Timmy Chandler, meaning he's captied to the US, and Jozy Altidore, meaning he's out of Klinnsman's doghouse.
Wow, Dempsey taken down with no call, then the US gives up a 3-1 which Honduras blows with a clumsy offside.
FabianJohnson looks like he is unaware that he's on defense today. Wtf?
Yikes. Eddie Johnson backpass to Howard from the 6. Scary.
how are you guys watching this game?
I get Bein sports. $8 a month for the package, though I'm sure you could stream it on firstrowsports.eu
Do you think it is worth it? How is the stream quality?
Significantly better commentary than espn, camerawork is fine, it's a much better option than streaming on firstrowsports. The package also comes with fox soccer plus (Everton is never on Fox Soccer) and Bein also has La Liga so for me it's worth it. If you're a fan of one of the top EPL teams It may not be worth it for the 5 US games they will have.
I like the commentary so far. Not a fan of the big EPL teams so it might be worth it. I'll have to check it out.
15' in. Cobi Jones advocating a 0-0 draw as the goal.
Considering the run of play so far, that would be a glorious result for the US. We look terrible.
True. Given that this defensive backline has never played together, a clean sheet would be pretty impressive.
For those who can't watch, here's what's happening: Honduras holds possession, puts a few passes together, takes an awful shot or gets cught offsides. Tim Howard kicks it long, Honduras gains possession, repeat.
I want us to play it from the back more. It should be easier with Cameron back there. He is pretty good on the ball.
What channel is it on? ESPN 2 has Germany-France
edit - nevermind I see some answers above. Quite sad we cannot watch our own qualifier in our own country on a basic cable channel. Sigh.
Or illegal stream.
is in Honduras, hence the reason it's on Bein instead of ESPN.
I know it's early, but this is uuugly. Poor communication, very poor passing, Even worse first touches.
Cobb Jones may have the right idea...
Yeah, looks like a bunch of guys who haven't played much together on a bad field.
Which is exactly what it is.
Dempsey, Altidore, and Bradley have played together for years now. Regardless, lack of familiarity has nothing to do with poor first touches. It has more to do with the field, but these are professional soccer players. You'd like to think they could cope with field conditions. All that said, the Honduras defense looks pretty bad, I think we score at least one today.
On a corner
Great counter by the US. Altidore flicks it just over.
Wow. Thank god for Fabian johnson.
How did Honduras not score?
Whoa. Howard great save on a viciously dipping shot.
Giving up a lot of good looks.
GOALLLLL Dempsey. Fabulous chip and great finish
of a goal.
was magical. I ain't even mad.
OK. That was awesome. Honduras with the bike.
You can't be mad at that. Just wow.
Damn. But that was pretty fucking awesome
Holy shit what a kick. Aint even mad
wow! both goals were great. Honduras' was greater
US playing really terrible defense, but still... dang!
I hate that they scored, but that goal was awesome.
Timmy Chandler is strugling hard. I'd be shocked if he played past the 60 minute mark
Who is on the bench at RB?
Chandler is a RB. Bocanegra.
Have we ever played Boca on the right? Maybe Brad Evans?
Chandler did look totally gassed. Tough to go from winter in Germany to 90 degrees and humid on a long grass field.
He's mostly a center back, and has played left in the past, but honestly I'm of the opinion that unless you are using the RB as a wing-back, you can interchange center backs easily. And in these conditions, no one is going to be stealing up any sidelines, so may as well put the best defenders in the back line.
That guy was a defender?
There's a ton of space in this game. It looks like games from the 1970s where half the players were pack-a-day smokers.
No ads once you get it going, and good quality for a flash stream
US defense seems really narrow.
We should probably be losing
And now we are...
Fuck. Terrible defense.
Wow, waved off.
Can I get a time-on-clock and score update? Thanks!
A pt would be big...
Bradley is the best player on this team.
Best outfield player *
Yeah. I don't even want to think what would happen without Timmy.
No doubt. So calm on the ball with great vision.
US has used all their subs by 66'. Have swapped out the entire midfield except for Bradley. Have shifted to a much more traditional 4-4-1-1 than what I think was a 4-3-3 to start.
IMO, ideally that is where Dempsey should be. Right behind the striker.
Jones needs to get some more whip on those corners.
Man, Chandler just worked by Costly. Backheel nutmeg.
And now the centerbacks give up a free header followed by a shot from 20' just wide. The US will be lucky to get out of here with a draw. Under siege.
I haven't seen a field with this long of grass since Notre Dame vs USC. Talk about wanting to slow down the game, and force more effort in 90 degree heat.
Well. Wouldn't US soccer without a piss-poor start.
Just appalling defending by both Cameron and Gonzales. 2-1 Honduras
Cue the cramp-stoppages.
This is by no means a death knell for the US team. 9 more games, top 4 teams stay alive. Just have to win 4 of our 5 at home and get 4 or 5 points on the road.
Last time out 16 pts was the cutoff which means if they get 13 at home (4 wins and a draw) they'd have to get a win in Panama and a draw in Jamaica.
Certainly doable but this loss left them little margin for error. Two home draws or a home loss and a draw means they'd have to win at Azteca or in Costa Rica. Which probably ain't happening. Basically, they have to win (with no draws) every home date to feel 100% safe.
Costa Rica's worse than usual this cycle while Honduras is better. This isnt reason to worry excessively. And that game will hopefully be an outlier, with the long grass and the humidity. It did show the difficulties of qualifying in CONCACAF, particularly with a team playing predominantly in Europe.
I'm not excessively worried, but I think not being concerned is blind optimism. The 2-1 final didn't capture the lack of possession and the lack of communication in the back four.
In the 2010 cycle, they went 4-1-0 at home (draw at Costa Rica) and 2-1-2 on the road (draw at El Salvador, losses at Mexico and Costa Rica, wins at T&T and Honduras).
But, let's take Mexico as an example. They finished 1 point behind with 19 overall. They swept their home dates and went 1-1-3 on the road (win at Costa Rica, draw at T&T, losses at Honduras, El Salvador, and the U.S.)
Basically, the best chance for the U.S. to qualify safely is to win every home match (15 pts in total), win at Panama (3 pts), and pick up a draw in either Jamaica or Costa Rica or both.
A draw at home means they'd have to win in either Jamaica or Costa Rica. Again, doable, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that they lose both matches, either.
83', 2:1 Honduras.
Fortunately, last night happened, so I'm not that bummed out.
I'm so sad right now after such a great morning.
I'm so sad right now after such a great morning.
Well, the Reggae Boyz did everyone a big favor by drawing with Mexico in Mexico City. Costa Rica got a nice point @Panama. We're in dead last for the moment, but the other two games ending in draws is not a bad thing for us. Also an indicator that the entire group is better than it usually is, which I think we already knew, but still. In the past you would never see one of the teams figured most likely to miss the World Cup take a point off Mexico in Mexico.