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Video: USA 3, Honduras 2

By Steve Goff  |  October 11, 2009; 7:29 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Posted by: 9Nine9 | October 11, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Good Times

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 11, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I would love another look at the Altidore "no call" in the box.
My pirate feed made me feel like I was watching Soccer Made in Germany off the UHF in the 70's.

Posted by: billq1 | October 11, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Goff,
Player ratings for the USA-Honduras match?

Posted by: DonDraper | October 11, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

""I would love another look at the Altidore "no call" in the box. ""

Look to me like it was outside the box.

Posted by: delantero | October 11, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Nice reference, billq1. Didn't it seem like every game back then was Hamburg vs. someone else? Or maybe I just remembered that name as a kid because it sounded like food.

Posted by: eadc | October 11, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

ah, Soccer Made In Germany. quality weekend morning viewing.

for those of us that missed the game entirely last night, does anyone know if it will re-air in its entirety on an accessible channel? or is it archived online somewhere?

i'm not sure whether i want to see the "A" team out there on Wednesday or not, but i hope we can help Honduras out regardless.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | October 12, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Wow, this was exactly how the game looked to me in my dreams as I re-created it from Twitter posts, except it being in Spanish.

Posted by: IamAM | October 12, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

@dimes -- I echo that thought. I missed the Honduras match, alas. Kinda sucks that I had to follow this match with updates on my bro's Blackberry.

I still want to see the USA win to close out the qualifying -- but, I also hope they can do something that Hondurans will always remember fondly. From what I have seen of them, they deserve to be in the Cup.

Posted by: fischy | October 12, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I was very pleased to see that Casey did so well. I wrote here after the Rapids game @ RFK that I thought Casey was the best player I had seen go up against United all year. He plays at a different level than almost all other players in the league. His defense cn suffer from inattention or lack of effort sometimes, but he can be a force of nature up front.

Posted by: fischy | October 12, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Fischy, usually I am inclined to agree with you but not totally this time. Casey, for all of my constant trashing, is a player at another level of the MLS. He does have great positional sense and a composer in front of goal. (As was shown of his second goal. Just look to Feilhaber's miss late in the game for lack of composer.) The problem is Conor's soccer brain is what sets him apart in the MLS.

Though, his knowledge and awareness is not enough at the international level. Casey clearly learned much from the game in the German second division, but he lacks any pace physically or in speed of play to worry any international center back of above average quality.

Casey's first goal was nothing more than physical strength and terrible goalkeeping.

The second goal, while a great calm finish, was really down to wonderful combination play of Davies and Donovan. Donovan's final ball was absolutely brilliant. Yes, Casey positioned himself well but the play started due to quick passing on our left side completely unsettling Honduras's back four.

I am just making the case that Conor Casey will not score against any top teams. If he could, he would have made it in the German First Division. Unfortunately, Altidore's first touch is poor in the hold up play as Altidore has a knack for laying the ball off to the other team. This makes me conclude Jozy is not ready. Just don't expect any goals from Casey in the world cup. Remember Damani Ralph? He was a class above everyone in the MLS too.

Posted by: grubbsbl | October 12, 2009 3:11 AM | Report abuse

Interesting to hear the announcers repeatedly say that Honduras was offside on the second goal.

I haven't trashed Casey at all -- yet -- but I would agree that he isn't the right person for our point of the lance. We need ball skills up there, not just a statue. But congrats on the two goals, dude. And thanks!

Posted by: troy6 | October 12, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Remember the free kick controversy here some months ago after a United game, about whether the wall should (obviously!) jump or (obviously!) not jump? Did we ever reach a consensus on that? These teams voted for jumping -- for all the good it did them.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | October 12, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

The first 50 minutes of that match was still some of the worst soccer this team has played in a long while.

If that had been Germany, Ghana, Korea, Chile or anyone else we could possibly face in the WC we would have been going into the second half 3-4 goals down.

What happened to the US squad from the confederations cup? The only one really missing was Dempsey...hmmm

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 12, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Casey has been torching MLS for the past 2 seasons. I think he is an underrated player. Yeah he is older, yeah he is slower, yes he sometimes want to make you curse at him but one thing he does and does well is SCORE. no matter how ugly his goals are he gets them. I remember when he torched NY for 3 goals last year, maybe me happy that weekend. tell me which one of these players scores as much as conor???


yes he plays in MLS and not Europe, but he still gets it done. I still think altidore and davies should start, but when you need a goal at least you know that conor can deliver.

Posted by: Norteno4life | October 12, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

It's nice we won and all, but from the 85% of the game I saw while feed-surfing online (stickin' it to the pay-per-view-man), we looked pretty terrible for long stretches of the game. The defense got exposed repeatedly in the first half... we were very lucky to go in 0-0 at half. 2-0 (or 2-1 if Davies converts that volley) would have reflected the run of play.

Posted by: edgeonyou | October 12, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Steven Golf - I love your blog - why no more posts after biggest, best US game in years? I watched in a bar called Honduras in Durham, NC. Great atmosphere. Probably 120 Honduran fans, 10 American. Fun to see the enthusiasm of the Hondurans on the goal and to sneak out a win. Honduran keeper might've been the difference. He has to get that ball on the first goal and he was wrong footed far post by Donovan, cheating wall side and neglecting his far post responsibilities. Also, reffing very suspect - Gooch's "foul" resulted in the first goal and the "foul" leading to the direct that caused the handball? Lots of suspect reffing all around - Argentian guy was offsides on their last minute winner as keeper was up field. (though I support radical changes to the offsides rule. It was implemented to stop poaching but now is mainly a defensive strategy). Anyway, US almost blew another 2 goal lead after living in a shell the first half, but did show a lot of heart in extremely difficult circumstance. Still not sure how the Honduran missed the header to equalize (much less the PK...

Posted by: davidsbNC | October 12, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you edge, but it could have been just as easily been 5-1 in our favor in the second half. this game is a game of inches and if you finish your chances you will win. We played great at times and bad at others, but what should we expect on a tough road game???? World cup qualifers are real tough, road games are even tougher. Just look at the results for other games.

bolivia 2-1 brazil
honduras 3-0 mexico
bolivia 6-1 Argentina
honduras 4-0 costa rica
Portugal on the verge of not qualifying
With a loss Argentina could be complety out

Qualifying all around is not as easy as it once appeared. Every one needs to make sure we cherish what we have...If a team like argentina can miss the world cup then anything is possible.

Posted by: Norteno4life | October 12, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

5-1 in favor of the US in the second half? Pavon plays for Honduras not the US.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 12, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Two questions. Why didn't Bradley put in another midfielder after we went up 3-1? (I asked this on Saturday, too.)

And, did anyone notice the sportswriters didn't know who the handball was on? Half of them said it was Spector. Half of them said it was Holden. One (Miami Herald) said it was on Bocanegra.

Posted by: Lucius2 | October 12, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Second Honduras goal is a classic example of a goal that looks like it MUST have been offside but wasn't.

Posted by: dccal | October 12, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Senor Goff, Do you know of any plans to broadcast a replay of this match? I'd love to watch the whole thing unpixelated.

Posted by: boda-united | October 12, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

For those of you commenting on how bad the team looked, keep in mind that we were THE ONLY TEAM TO BEAT HONDURAS IN HONDURAS.

Until that game, they had a perfect record at home in this hexagonal. They made EVERYBODY look bad. They are a good team with some quality players, and yes, in a lot of respects they outplayed us (from what I have heard). Nobody with a lick of sense thought we would win that game. Hope we'd win, yes, but honestly thought we'd win? Please. I was just hoping for a draw, to be honest.

As for why the Goffster hasn't done more posting, I suspect there is/was a multi-legged flight back from Honduras, perhaps a little celebratory partying on both ends, and while WP supports this blog, I don't think it quite counts as his day job.

Posted by: glfrazier | October 12, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Whew! This looks like a match that could've easily gotten out of hand early. Kudos to the USMNT for hanging in and weathering the storm and getting unexpected contributions from Casey at a crucial time. Bam-bam's head came in handy on the international stage for once. ;)

Posted by: nvamikeyo | October 12, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

. . . how many was it versus spain, recently ?

[hon duras . . . just a breeze.]

Posted by: confederatedunce | October 12, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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