[CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP]
The USA had a chance to clinch Sunday to clinch a berth at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup in Egypt, but it was badly outplayed by
Honduras and had to settle for a 0-0 tie that means it must earn at least a point against El Salvador on Tuesday to qualify unless Jamaica and Honduras tie.
UCLA goalie Brian Perk
saved the Americans with several big-time stops against Honduras. After a first half marred by a power outage, the Catrachos piled on the pressure.
Honduras finished with a 11-3 edge in shots and 11-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Americans played the last 30 minutes with 10 men after midfielder Billy
, who had entered the game just minutes earlier, was issued a straight red card for a tackle against Jose Israel Fonseca
. The USA has beaten
Honduras in only one of eight U-20 meetings.
"As we had anticipated, the game against Honduras was very tough," said U.S. coach Thomas Rongen
"We are happy that we were able to put ourselves in a good position to determine our own fate heading into our last game against El Salvador."
The USA had opened with a 3-0 win over
Jamaica thanks to goals by Peri Marosevic
, Dilly Duka
and Schuler. It is looking to secure a berth in a record seventh
straight Under-20 World Cup.
March 6 in Bacolet USA 3 Jamaica 0.
Goals: Marosevic 6, Duka 79,
Schuler 84. USA --
Perk, S.Williams, Agbossoumonde, Davies, Wallace (Flores, 84), Jeffrey, Duka, Arguez (Okugo, 71), Cruz, Marosevic (Schuler,
79), Shea. Jamaica --
Blake, Simpson, Darby, L.Williams, A.Campbell, Taylor, Shelton (Thorpe, 50), R.Campbell (Clennon, 81), Doyley, Orgill, Sappleton
(Adlam, 50). Yellow cards:
USA -- Wallace 23, Davies 90; Jamaica -- Orgill 1. Referee:
(Costa Rica). Att.:
556. March 8 in Bacolet USA 0 Honduras
0. USA --
Perk, Williams, Agbossoumonde, Davies, Wallace, Jeffrey, Duka, Arguez (Schuler, 53), Cruz (Ownby, 58), Marosevic, Shea Honduras --
Reyes, Castro, Casildo, Fonseca, M.Martinez, Mayorquin, Andino, Rojas (Valladares, 83), R.Martinez (Padilla, 54), Leveron, Mejia. Yellow cards:
USA -- Jeffrey 29, Wallace 57, Duka 69; Honduras -- Andino 17, M.Martinez 76. Red card:
USA -- Schuler
Geoffrey Hospedales (Trin. & Tobago). Att.: