World Cup Qualifying: Honduras 2 – USA 1

The United States lost to Honduras in their opening game in the final Hexagonal round of World Cup Qualifying.  With Honduras opting for an afternoon start in San Pedro Sula, the USA took the lead when Clint Dempsey scored in the 36th minute.  Honduras equalized three minutes later with Juan Carlos Garcia scoring from a bicycle kick.  Jerry Bengtson scored the winner in the 79th minute. 

Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Costa Rica came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Panama.  Mexico - Jamaica ended scoreless.  

-- GAME REPORT --

Match: USA vs. Honduras
Date: Feb. 6, 2013
Competition: FIFA World Cup Qualifier - Final Round
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 37,000
Weather: 84 degrees, humid

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

USA - Clint Dempsey (Jermaine Jones)         36th minute
HON - Juan Carlos Garcia (Maynor Figueroa) 40
HON - Jerry Bengtson (Oscar Garcia)            79

Lineups:
USA : 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 2-Timmy Chandler, 5-Omar Gonzalez, 20-Geoff Cameron, 23-Fabian Johnson; 14-Danny Williams (7-Maurice Edu 58), 13-Jermaine Jones (19-Graham Zusi 67), 4-Michael Bradley, 18-Eddie Johnson (16-Sacha Kljestan 59); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 6-Michael Parkhurst, 9-Herculez Gomez, 10-Jose Torres, 11-Brad Davis, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Edgar Castillo, 21-Brad Evans, 22-Sean Johnson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON : 18-Noel Valladares , 5-Víctor Bernárdez, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 6-Juan Carlos García, 8-Arnold Peralta, 15-Roger Espinoza, 14-Oscar Boniek García, 19-Luis Garrido, 10-Mario Martínez, 11-Jerry Bengtson (20-Jorge Claros 84), 13-Carlo Costly(9-Georgie Welcome 90+)
Subs not used: 22-Donis Escobar, 1-José Mendoza, 17-Brayan Beckeles, 2-Osman Chávez, 4-Juan Pablo Montes, 12-Orlin Peralta, 16-Alex López, 23-Aldo Oviedo, 7-Christian Altamirano, 21-Roger Rojas
Head coach: Luis Suarez

Stats Summary: HON / USA
Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 7
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Walter Quesada (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavio Jara (CRC)

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