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Altidore does it again to move Yanks closer to World Cup
June 18th, 2013 8:56PM
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[USA-HONDURAS]The USA beat Honduras, 1-0, on Jozy Altidore's goal in the 73rd minute -- his fourth straight game with a goal -- in their World Cup qualifier at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The USA finished Day 6 in first place.

After a sluggish first half, the USA piled on the pressure in the second half. Graham Zusi had a shot deflected off the woodwork, and Altidore was stopped by the excellent Noel Valladares, the lone holdover from the Catrachos' 3-2 win in Washington, D.C., 12 years ago.

But Valladares could do nothing to stop Altidore after Fabian Johnson broke toward the endline and fed Altidore, who scored to the far post.

FIRST HALF.The USA's best chance came when Eddie Johnson's shot was stopped by Valladares. The Catrachos threatened on the counterattack and Tim Howard was forced to make a save on Andy Najarat the end of the first place.

-- Jurgen Klinsmann went with Eddie Johnson at left midfield and inserted Fabian Johnsonto left back, instead of going with Edgar Castillo in place of the suspended DaMarcus Beasley for the USA-Honduras World Cup 2014 qualifier. Jermaine Jones, who missed the 2-0 win over Panama with a concussion, returns in midfield in place of Geoff Cameron.

-- Honduras made six changes from the team that beat the USA, 2-1, in February in San Pedro Sula. The return of Emilio Izaguirre (injured in February) would be considered a step-up. The other changes were dictated by suspensions, injuries and the decision to kick Jerry Bengtson (who had the winning goal in February) off the team.

June 18 in Sandy Utah
USA 1 Honduras 0. Goal: Altidore 73.
USA --Howard; Evans, Gonzalez, Besler, F. Johnson; Bradley, Jones (Cameron 74); Zusi (Davis 74), Dempsey, E. Johnson (Castillo 87); Altidore.
Honduras --Valladares; A.Peralta (O.Garcia 75), Velasquez, Montes, Izaguirre; Espinoza, Claros, Najar, Palacios; M. Martinez (Chavez 69), Costly (Rojas 32).

Hexagonal Schedule:
Tuesday, June 18
Costa Rica vs. Panama

Hexagonal Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
13 USA 4-1-1 7/3
8 Costa Rica 2-2-1 6/4
8 Mexico 1-5-0 3/2
7 Honduras 2-1-3 6/7
6 Panama 1-3-1 5/5
2 Jamaica 0-2-4 2/8

Sept. 6
Costa Rica-USA
Mexico-Honduras
Panama-Jamaica
Sept. 10
USA-Mexico
Jamaica-Costa Rica   
Honduras-Panama   
Oct. 11
USA-Jamaica
Mexico-Panama   
Honduras-Costa Rica       
Oct. 15
Panama-USA
Jamaica-Honduras   
Costa Rica-Mexico&


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