The US men’s national team (USMNT) have gained a crucial point after a nerve-wracking 1-1 draw with Honduras at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday evening, leaving them a in a good position for a top-three spot in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.
Honduras opened the scoring in the 27th minute through midfielder Romell Quioto, who ran onto a pass from Alexander Lopez just inside the 18-yard box. Poor defending from Omar Gonzalez left Quioto open to shoot, the ball bouncing in off the far post for his seventh international goal, much to the delight of the enthusiastic fans.
After almost 90 minutes of sub-par play in sweltering conditions, Bobby Wood came to the rescue for the US coming off the bench to bag a late draw in the 85th minute. Follow our football predictions here.
It came after the US had been awarded a free-kick from 27 yards out, following a hard foul on Christian Pulisic right in front of the referee. Kellyn Acosta took the free-kick with a strong curling effort that was heading for the upper right corner, but Luis Lopez’ incredible save kept it out.
As the Honduras defence failed to clear the ball, Jordan Morris out jumped Henry Figueroa and sent a backward header to Hamburg striker Wood, who made a nifty chest trap and shot for his ninth goal in 34 international appearances.
With nine points in eight matches the US get to keep hold of their final CONCACAF automatic World Cup qualification slot for the moment, but require victories in their home match against Panama and their away game against Trinidad & Tobago in next month’s games.
The top three teams in the group will qualify for Russia with the fourth-placed nation going into a playoff against either Australia or Syria.