RATING PLAYER (CLUB)
5 Ethan Horvath (Molde/NOR)
Not much he could have done on the two close-range shots that hit the net. Came out of the penalty area to clear a dangerous through ball in the first half.
3 Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake)
Right back lasted 45 minutes during which was yellow-carded and did little else.
5 Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls)
Hondurans avoided the towering center back. Kept things calm as much as possible under circumstances.
3 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG)
Neglected to mark Alberth Elis and got burned by him on the first goal. Forced a super save by keeper Luis Lopez with header off corner kick.
3 Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids)
Left back made some great moves to beat two Honduras as he stormed downfield in the 38th minute only to pass to a Honduran. Made another promising foray in the second half that ended with a wide shot from 22 yards. Got beat along with Trapp during the setup for Honduras’ second goal.
3 Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)
Started in wide in midfield where he failed to give the USA a flank attack and finished out at outside back.
2 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)
Playing centrally behind Gil in a midfield that only strung passes together when Honduras bunkered in to protect its lead. Was ball-watching on the first goal and beaten by Roberto Lopez, who had the assist on the second goal.
2 Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake)
Misplayed balls all day before getting subbed in the 74th minute.
2 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG)
Hit two nice cross-field passes but otherwise looked sluggish and insecure, like when he shanked a clearance toward his own goal. Turned his back to Kevin Alvarez when he delivered the cross on the first goal. Subbed in 64th minute.
4 Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart/GER)
Didn’t link up with Morris as he did so well when the USA cruised through group play. Hit a horrendous cross in the 58th minute to deflate prospects of a surge.
3 Jordan Morris (Stanford)
Chased down balls only to deliver hit passes to Hondurans or unreachable crosses. Dribbling out of bounds in the 20th minute typified his bad day. A close offside call nullified his close-range poke into the net while the USA was trailing 2-0.
RATING PLAYER (CLUB)
2 Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield/ENG)
Halftime sub had a clear shot from 18 yards out that he hit far wide while otherwise failing to boost the U.S. attack from his wide left position.
2 Fatai Alashe (San Jose
Replaced Hyndman in 64th minute and first gave notice by getting cautioned for a rash late tackle -- shortly before he strolled behind Elis as he fired home Honduras’ second goal.
nr Alonso Hernandez (FC Juarez/MEX)
Replaced Gil in the 74th without making a difference.
Oct. 10 in Sandy,
USA 0 Honduras 2. Goals: Elis 23, 77.
USA -- Horvath; Okwuonu (Ariyibi, 46), Miazga, Carter-Vickers, Serna; Polster, Trapp, Hyndman (Alashe, 64), Gil (Hernandez, 74); Kiesewetter, Morris.
Honduras -- L.Lopez, Paz, Alvarez, Pereira, Acosta, Paniagua, Salas (K.Lopez, 68), Torres, Benavidez (Nieto, 73), Elis (Banegas, 87).
TRIVIA: Honduras has now qualified for three straight Olympic tournaments (2008, 2012, 2016).