The U.S. side’s Clint Dempsey made a goal in the 36th minute, the only goal of the game. This was the first victory for the new United States coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.
“I always want to win,” Klinsmann said. “The transition for the team is easier with winning. We saw a Honduran team that has quality, so we expected a difficult game.”
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, remarked, “Conditions weren’t great, but defensively I thought we were pretty good.” “They (Honduras) posed some really big problems for us because they were strong up front.”
Honduras matched the U.S. with six shots on goal. And Honduras finished with 13 shots to the United States’ 11. Saturday’s loss followed Honduras’ 2-0 and 3-0 setbacks against Colombia and Paraguay on Sept. 3rd and 6th, respectively. Honduras has not scored since a 2-0 exhibition victory over Venezuela on Aug. 10th at Lockhart Stadium.
“Our lack of precision hurts us when we need to convert on our shots,” Honduran midfielder Julio Cesar De Leon said. “That is the reason why it became a difficult match for us.”