USMNT lose late lead, draw Honduras

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

Whether it’s the A or B side of the U.S. Men’s National Team, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have struggled to keep a lead for the second straight friendly this month.

A Jozy Altidore strike was nullified by a late Maynor Figueroa equalizer to send the USMNT, Honduras match to a 1-1 draw in front of a meager crowd of 14,805 fans at FAU Stadium.

Altidore, a Boca Raton native, found goal in front of his hometown just ten minutes into the match, taking a Michael Bradley pass on net, beating bruiser Victor Bernardez one-on-one and burying his shot to the near post for the lead. It was his first goal since a June friendly against Nigeria prior to the World Cup.

Honduras would answer in the 86th minute as second-half sub Martinez whipped a free kick past the U.S. defense, finding Figueroa in the box for the finish.  Mix Diskerud, who enjoyed an otherwise solid performance at midfield, was called on the foul leading up to the goal.

After falling behind early, Los Catrachos responded with a chance of their own with Andy Najar nearly chipping keeper Nick Rimando after an uncharacteristic giveaway by the stalwart Real Salt Lake netminder.  Elis challenged Rimando at the half as well, but the keeper did well to block him off before he could connect on a cross.

While the U.S. owned possession in the first half, they disappeared in the second.  Honduras, meanwhile, took control of the match, taking advantage of several key U.S. substitutions. Regardless of who dictated the match, however, it was clear that neither side had the finish on the night to close out the match with a victory.

The U.S. now look forward to a November 18th friendly in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: October 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,805
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          0          1
HON                            0          1          1

USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)          10th minute
HON – Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez)      86

Lineups:
USA: 22-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler (16-Tim Ream, 64), 14-Greg Garza; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Miguel Ibarra, 90), 4-Michael Bradley (6-Alfredo Morales, 75), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (15-Joe Corona, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (23-Bobby Wood, 64), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Bill Hamid, 18-Chris Wondolowski
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 13-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.), 5-Victor Bernárdez, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 20-Jorge Claros (23-Edder Delgado, 46), 19-Luis Garrido, 14-Oscar Boniek García (8-Juan Josue Rodríguez, 69), 17-Andy Najar (10-Mario Martínez, 62); 9-Alberth Elis (12-Marvin Chávez, 75), 21-Roger Rojas (11-Romell Quioto, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Hernández, 4-Henry Figueroa, 6-Bryan Acosta, 15-Wilfredo Barahona, 16-Javier Portillo
Head Coach: Hernan Medford

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 1 / 3
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 11
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
HON – Jorge Claros (caution)            16th minute
USA – Matt Besler (caution)               22
HON – Romel Quioto (caution)          50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)       60
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            85
HON – Luis Garrido (caution)             89

Officials:
Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
4th Official: Sandy Vasquez (DOM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore