(NEW YORK) — A bad start for the U.S. Men’s soccer team in the final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Jerry Bengston scored what proved to be the game winner in 79th minute, as Honduras defeated Team USA Wednesday 2-1 in Honduras, in the first of ten World Cup qualifying matches.
The U.S. got on the board first when forward Clint Dempsey scored in the 36th minute, but Honduras scored almost immediately after as Juan Carlos Garcia bicycle-kicked a ball past Tim Howard to tie the game at one.The game stayed scoreless from there until Bengston scored when Howard and defenseman Geoff Cameron both attempted to steal a pass by Maynor Figueroa to Oscar Boniek Garcia. The defensive mix-up allowed Garcia to pass to a wide open Bengston who shot the ball into an empty net.
“The way the game went I think we did far too many mistakes today,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We gave them far too much space. You know, we didn’t get into our one-against-one challenges, move the ball around the way we are supposed to…And that’s what you pay the price for.”
Game two for the U.S. is March 22 in Commerce City, Colorado, against Costa Rica.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN