A U.S. soccer defeat at the hands of Honduras puts the World Cup in jeopardy. The United States getting defeated by Honduras is shocking, especially because this was considered a match that they should have won easily. According to a report from late Wednesday (Feb. 6), the loss took place in the first game of the CONCACAF World Cup final qualifying round.
Coming into this match, the U.S. was ranked No. 28 in the world and was favored heavily to handle the No. 59 team from Honduras. It didn't go according to plan, though, as some problems on defense cost them a late goal in the match. Clint Dempsey had actually given the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute, making it look like things would progress smoothly. Honduras struck back quickly on a bicycle kick goal by Carlos Garcia in the 40th minute.
The match remained even for the next 39 minutes, but Jerry Bengtston knocked one in for a 2-1 lead in the 79th minute that Honduras would never relinquish. Now the U.S. will have to try to pick up wins against some tough opponents moving forward, but after the U.S. soccer defeat by Honduras, they reside in last place within their pool of six teams.
The next match for the United States comes on March 22 against Costa Rica at home before they travel to play Mexico four days after that. It's not impossible for the team to still make the World Cup, but the road just got a lot tougher.
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