USA-Honduras Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings

Oct. 10 in Sandy, Utah
USA 0 Honduras 2. Goals: Elis 23, 77.
The U.S. U-23 national team blew a chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, falling 2-0 to a Honduras squad that had few problems against the disjointed and uninspired Andi Herzog-coached Americans. Now, for the USA to avoid missing the Olympics twice in a row, it must win the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying third-place game on Tuesday (without Herzog, who was ejected) and a playoff against Colombia.

U.S. Player Ratings:
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.

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 Earthquakes)
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, Utah
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).

10 comments about "USA-Honduras Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings ".
  1. Santiago 1314, October 10, 2015 at 8:12 p.m.

    OMG.!!!..I guess Herzog had to catch an Early Flight to LAX...Andi; Not bad for your FOURTH OFFICIAL GAME(sarcasm)...I could not find anywhere that Andi had COACHED A TEAM Before JK gave you the USA Olympic Team...Another Reason to FIRE JK...

  2. Santiago 1314, October 10, 2015 at 8:27 p.m.

    -0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-x 11(+3 subs=14 Zer0oos)…BIG ZERO for JK Assistant ANDI HERZOG… Stared the Game in the same 4-4-2 that was TOO Narrow against Canada…The Game was Lost when ANDI didn’t try ALASHE at Rt. Defense in the Game vs Panama…ANDI wasted a Sub on getting Alashe on the Field…That meant that ZELALEM didn’t get to Play when you needed a 1v1 expert…Then to Compound Matters he took out Hyndman instead of Serna… and put Alashe at Center Mid.???..Polster Could have played in the Back when ANDI went to 3-5-2 at half and Move KeiseWetter back to Rt.Mid…(I told you all he Can't play up Front)..Was good to bring Ariyibi on at half, but once again, his Team REFUSED TO PASS HIM THE BALL…Went too early to the 3-5-2, ANDI Panicked.!!!… Should have gone to 4-1-3-1-1…NORMAL AND BEST FORMATION FOR USA Teams…If Packwood had started(as I stated) it would have been an easy transition to 3-5-2…SERNA Should have Never Been on the Field…Carter-Vickers should have started at the Outside Left…Or if Pelosi was Healthy at Outside Right.. Okwuono was a Waste, again, as I stated…The Whole Game was a WASTE

  3. Santiago 1314, October 11, 2015 at 12:54 a.m.

    Canada IS A PUSH-OVER...They were USELESS against USA and today against Mexico...We Lose to them...FIRE THEM ALL, Including SUNIL...Can't he run for FIFA President...We Need a NICE GUY there...We Need a President with the Juevos to Fire a Coach...Oh, Wait.Sunil Fired the Women's Coach for Losing a "Friendly" tournament in Portugal...Talk about Reverse Sexism.!!!

  4. Miguel Dedo, October 11, 2015 at 10:20 a.m.

    A terribly unimaginative game plan. Kick the ball 50 yards forward to a wing, have one striker run on the cross. All match long. Honduras outside defenders deflected most of the crosses, their central defenders -- outnumbering the players we had forward 3 -1, absorbed the rest.
    A standard rec-league game plan. It might be all a German thinks US players are capable to execute-- or perhaps it the depth of sophistication this German coach knows.

  5. Jeffrey Organ replied, October 12, 2015 at 4:15 p.m.

    The ability of coaches to impact games once they start is limited. Put the focus on the players. Our player pool has demonstrated time after time over many years that they have limited technical skills and tactical awareness and are incapable of overcoming adversity. This doesn't ever seem to change, regardless of where the players come from. They do what they are capable of doing....apparently much less than that world power Honduras. The problem goes way beyond Herzog and Klinsmann. US Soccer needs to be blown up or MLS has to double down on building a player development system that ignores the entrenched and parochial interests of the current US Soccer system.

  6. beautiful game, October 11, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.

    This is the squad of the future?

  7. Lou vulovich, October 12, 2015 at 3:51 a.m.

    Austrian. Herzog is Austrian

  8. Jogo Bonito, October 12, 2015 at 10:10 a.m.

    Can't believe this has been allowed to happen .. Sunil really? Herzog? Unbelievable that this can happen with the wealth of talent we have. Yes, I said wealth of talent. USA can qualify 2 teams for this if we just found coaches that understand how to select, train and motivate players. The coaches are out there and so are the players. Here's a hint Sunil, look for coaches that have actually selected and trained players and won a trophy or two at a decent level.

  9. johnny c, October 12, 2015 at 11:56 a.m.

    I Really hope someone fro US soccer looks at this: Yesterday I went to see a U12 team in a predominantly Latino area. The kids wore a USA national team knock off uniform and were playing in a local league that cost $35 dollars a season. I saw 11 INCREDIBLE American players. US Soccer Federation, where are you??? We need to scout and find these kids, we need to completely revamp our entire administration!

  10. s@cc@r f@n, October 12, 2015 at 1:54 p.m.

    Canada is useless. If the US hammers the right side of Canada's defense they will collapse. No skills on that side.

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