Wood equaliser earns United States precious Cup point

Wood equaliser earns United States precious Cup point

US coach Bruce Arena made seven changes to the starting 11, including inserting Clint Dempsey as a starter, giving Dempsey his 41st World Cup qualifying cap to move past Landon Donovan for the USA men's all-time lead.

As Goal.com reported ahead of today's matchup, Team USA head coach Bruce Arena could be utilizing an "MLS-heavy squad" in a CONCACAF game they "must not lose".

Costa Rica will continue its effort to clinch a World Cup spot with a match against Honduras at the National Stadium on October 6. The U.S.is battling for the final guaranteed qualifying berth in the region. The U.S. went 2-0-1 when they partnered during the 2017 Gold Cup (including wins in the Semifinal and Final) and is 7-3-5 all-time when the two line up together as center backs. The point also puts them in sole possession of third-place, one spot above Honduras. Though manager Oscar Ramirez played his full-strength side against the Americans in New Jersey, a win against Mexico will give Costa Rica passage to the World Cup, meaning the home team will likely face Mexico with a lineup quite similar to the one deployed last week.

The U.S. managed to gut through hot and humid conditions that saw the temperature hit 93 degrees at kickoff.

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Trailing 1-0 late in the match, United States of America were in need of some inspiration to avoid another costly defeat. That approach paid off as Honduras broke in the 27th minute when US defender Omar Gonzalez couldn't cut out a through ball for Quito, allowing the Houston Dynamo attacker to set himself and curl his shot in off the post. In a 1-1 draw with Panama days later, Pulisic again assisted Dempsey for the lone American goal. Adding to the attack would be captain Bryan Ruiz, who is one of most experienced player in the tournament with 23 goals in 104 appearances. For the USA to have the best chance it can in the future, it's very important that the 18-year-old from Hershey learn how to avoid getting taken advantage of like that, or at least prevent it from completely shutting down his game like it did on Friday.

Pulisic and Dempsey celebrating after the Borussia Dortmund star scored just fifteen seconds into the second half against Honduras in March. When that failed to generate any additional offense, Nagbe came off in favor of Bobby Wood.

A late equaliser by substitute Bobby Wood earned U.S. a share of the spoils against hosts Honduras, who led through a Romell Quioto strike just before the half-hour mark.

Gonzalez's slide just inside the penalty area briefly disrupted the run, but the Houston Dynamo attacker gathered the ball before Besler could cover the exposed ground and fired a 10-yard shot that kissed the far post and caromed into the net. Honduras cleared it away, but the sequence provided a glimmer of hope for an anemic USA offense. Whatever the result, both teams will nearly certainly play in the World Cup next summer. Marco Urena of the San Jose Earthquakes stole the show in that tremendous victory as he scored both goals that led Los Ticos to the three points.

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