By Mike Woitalla
In a performance that ranks among the USA’s most miserable in recent history, Jozy Altidore provided the only American highlight with a superb 10th minute goal.
Honduras entered this friendly in Boca Raton, Fla., coming off losses to Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Its only wins in 11 games since last May came against Nicaragua and Belize. But Los Catrachos, who outshot the USA, 11-8, and had an 11-4 edge in corner kicks, exploited the Americans’ lackluster second-half performance to earn a 1-1 tie.
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
3 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 15/0
Lucky not to be punished when he gifted a ball to Andy Najar, who shot high at the open goal in the first half. Was embarrassingly far away from the free-kick cross into the goal area that gave Honduras the 1-1 tie.
4 Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER) 16/0
Tame performance offensively from right back.
4 Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution) 47/3
The midfield rover’s transition to central defender went smoothly in the first half, but in the second half he was exposed on one-on-ones -- yellow-carded for a crude foul on Alberth Elis and fortunate he timed well his rough slide tackle on Romell Quioto in the penalty area -- and was beaten in the air on Maynor Figueroa’s equalizer.
5 Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) 22/0
Cleared crosses and through passes when called upon.
4 Greg Garza
Like right back Chandler, left back Garza wasn't tested much defensively and failed to contribute offensively.
3 Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Turned over the ball on most of his possessions.
4 Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR) 23/4.
Won ball in midfield to start sequence for 1-0. Good at finding the open man. But his reckless foul, for which he was cautioned, set up the free kick that led to the equalizer.
5 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 91/12
His chipped pass that assisted Jozy Altidore’s goal was a beauty – but the central midfielder sent too many passes to Hondurans and didn’t inspire as a veteran should.
Bedoya (Nantes/FRA) 35/2.
The wide midfielder’s highlight was sprinting back to break up a counterattack after he lost the ball. Did not provide service from the wing.
3 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) 110/29
Nifty back-heel pass to Bradley before his assist was a rare highlight for Dempsey, who like his teammates misplayed balls frequently.
6 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG) 74/24
Excellent start when he chested down Bradley’s pass, juked past Maynor Figueroa and finished cleanly from 16 yards. Then we saw little of him.
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
3 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders) 9/0
Not a factor after arriving at right midfield in 64th minute.
4 Bobby Wood (1860 Munich/GER) 3/0
Also arrived in the 64th minute and hit one decent cross.
5 Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/ENG) 9/0
Came up with a key tackle after Garza was beaten.
3 Joe Corona (Tijuana/MEX) 14/2
Wasted a free kick from the wing that promised a last-gasp scoring chance.
nr Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt/GER) 4/0
USA was already in the midst of disjointed, lackluster second half when he replaced Bradley in the 76th minute.
nr Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC) 1/0
The kid we all wanted to see was given only stoppage-time minutes by Jurgen Klinsmann.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)