Bobby Wood's goal earns US crucial point against Honduras

Bobby Wood's goal earns US crucial point against Honduras

Bobby Wood's goal earns US crucial point against Honduras

Moreover, the United States and Honduras are lagging the hosts by 6 points.

With only five minutes remaining in regulation time, Wood chested the ball and scored his ninth global goal, avoiding a huge U.S. embarrassment and deflating fans who had been celebrating since the start.

Bobby Wood's goal in the 85th minute salvaged a critical tie for the USA men's soccer team in its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. The Americans are now tied with Honduras with nine points, but have an eight-goal advantage in goal differential.

It was a smash-and-grab result for the Yanks, who were outplayed for long stretches of the match.

"That's a huge point for the USA team", Arena said afterward.

Arena says his team's opponents now have an extra incentive to beat them due to the policies of Trump. The Americans avoided disaster and greatly boosted their chances of qualifying for Russian Federation 2018 just when it looked like their cup lives would be on life support.

Arena repeatedly hectored Panamanian referee John Pitti, who did not call penalty kicks when Altidore was pushed to the ground in the first half and Clint Dempsey was knocked down in the second. The Toronto FC veteran took his time, squared up the ball, targeted Christian Pulisic on the right wing, and promptly deposited the ball into touch.

The same thing happened against Chile in that demoralizing 7-0 loss during the 2016 Copa America Centenario, where nearly every goal was a result of a scattered defensive unit.

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As for the men on the pitch and the actual soccer being played, there are quite a few storylines to keep an eye on when the opening whistle blows. Within 10 minutes, Wood entered and Nagbe departed.

Woods came on with less than 20 minutes remaining and made no mistake with the one good chance that came his way.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been replaced by Brad Guzan, one of seven lineup changes USA coach Bruce Arena made for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Honduras.

But as critical as maintaining their stamina will be keeping their poise, something too many United States players failed to do in the loss to Costa Rica. And in the 27th minute, Romell Quioto collected a through ball by unpressured playmaker Alexander Lopez in a narrow channel between Gonzalez and Zusi. Quioto regained his composure a finished with a curler around Brad Guzan for a 1-0 lead.

That means six Americans face suspension for their next yellow card: not just Dempsey, but also Bradley, the central defenders Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler, and midfielders Paul Arriola and Alejandro Bedoya. Los Catratchos had been pushing down both flanks with some success, targeting the Yanks' two offense-first fullbacks-Zusi and DaMarcus Beasley-deployed by Arena.

"These aren't the best conditions for our players over in Germany right now". But Wood came to USA's rescue at the death. Whether exhausted or dispirited, the USA conceded possession easily and seemed content to blast the ball out its own half of the field.

It was another statement game by the Ticos, who had already beaten the United States during this World Cup qualification stage.

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