[HEXAGONAL, Day 1] Honduras beat the United States 2-1 at San Pedro Sula's Estadio Olimpico on Day 1 of the Hexagonal. The New England Revolution's Jerry Bengtson scored into an empty net in the 78th minute to give the Catrachos the three points.
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Feb. 6 in San Pedro Sula
Honduras 2 USA 1.
Honduras -- Valladares, A.Peralta, Bernardez, Figueroa, J.C. Garcia, Garrido, Espinoza, O.Garcia, Martinez, Bengtson (Claros, 84), Costly, Georgie Welcome.
USA -- Howard, Chandler, Cameron, Gonzalez, F.Johnson, Williams (Edu, 57), Jones (Zusi, E.Johnson (Kljestan, 59), Bradley, Dempsey, Altidore.
Referee: Walter Quesada (Costa Rica)
78th minute: Honduras goes ahead 2-1. Cameron, Howard and Gonzalez beaten. Boniek Garcia feeds Bengtson for goal. Honduras 2-1.
√ F.Johnson fatigued: moved into midfield and Kljestan covering on left side.
√ Honduras with almost all the chances in the second half.
71st minute: Boniek Garcia with plenty of space but shoots wide.
SUB (66th minute): USA -- Zusi for Jones.
65th minute: Jones wins second CK but it's wasted.
65th minute: Bradley sets up Dempsey but shot deflected wide for CK.
SUB (58th minute): USA -- Kljestan for E.Johnson.
SUB (57th minute): USA -- Edu for Williams.
56th minute: Costly called offside. Goal disallowed. Score remains 1-1. REPLAY: Clearly offside.
55th minute: Cameron missed ball. Bengtson should have put shot away.
52nd minute: USA slow to get back. Boniek Garcia with plenty of time but fires wide.
51st minute: F.Johnson breaks in on left side and feeds Bradley, whose shot is deflected for CK.
√ USA lets down. Three Honduran defenders combine for goal.
39th minute: Bernardez to Figueroa to J.C. Garcia with bike. Tie 1-1.
36th minute: Jones chips ball over Honduran backline and Dempsey volleys ball home for goal. USA 1-0.
√ Honduras with greater numbers on the break.
33rd minute: end-to-end action ... Martinez with excellent shot punched away by Howard.
31st minute: F.Johnson saves day with clearance after Espinoza beats U.S. defense on left side.
29th minute: Bradley to Dempsey to Jones to EJ to Jozy with poke just over bar.
26th minute: EJ with open header at 6-yard line but shot over bar.
25th minute: USA with first corner. Dempsey with header to Bradley whose shot is deflected for another CK.
23rd minute: Williams sloppy with the ball, foul creates chance for Honduras: Espinoza with shot saved by Howard.
22nd minute: USA with ball dep in Catracho territory but Jones loses ball and Honduras counters.
√ Dempsey moving deep into midfield.
√ USA is defending with eight players and making no attempt to play the ball through midfield.
15 minutes: 0-0.
15th mnute: Costly on left wing with shot high and wide from sharp angle.
8th minute: Terrible defending by USA but Costly again called for offside on 3-on-1 break.
7th minute: Costly wins ball over Gonzalez but called for offside.
√ USA unable to maintain possession in midfield.
4th minute: Martinez wide open on left wing with drive into Howard's arms.
3rd minute: Williams with poor clearance. #14 with shot high over bar.