Honduras vs. USMNT score: Live game updates as USA and 'La H' meet in Concacaf qualifiers for 2022 World Cup

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Is Pulisic playing against Canada?

While Pulisic is in against Canada, winger Gio Reyna is out for the qualifier. The 18-year-old is out for the next two games with a hamstring strain suffered in the 0-0 draw with El Salvador on Thursday, U.S. Soccer announced. The AthleticUSMNT vs. Canada World Cup qualifier: Live updates, expert analysis and highlights from the 1-1 draw

ASN: Analysis: USMNT stumbles in qualifying following 1-1 home draw to Canada

AmericanSoccerNow.com 09 September, 2021 - 12:50am

THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL team played to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Canada on Sunday night in Nashville and now has an uphill climb to get their qualifying campaign back on track. U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter rotated his squad heavily from the draw in El Salvador but the team simply did not have enough ideas to generate opportunities to score.

Here we go. The first qualifying goal for the #USMNT comes from New Jersey’s own Brenden Aaronson pic.twitter.com/B85e1oxWwR

To make matters worse, Canada started Alphonso Davies, but this was not a top Canadian XI with Tajon Buchanan and Jonathan David only coming off the bench.

"The effort was outstanding but the performance wasn't up to what we expect," Berhalter said. "We knew there were going to be tough games and we're getting into it. We're finding out these are tough games. That's something we have to deal with. Our success is going to depend on how we deal with that as a team."

Here are some thoughts on the U.S. team’s game

Weston McKennie is really talented. But these things are becoming a concern

The fact that World Cup qualifying is new to so many players on the U.S. team is becoming apparent. It is understandable that the U.S. team had to move on from the previous core of players, but the fact that there is so little turnover from the last cycle means that there is a learning curve. The U.S. team was the first to qualify in CONCACAF in 2005 with a dominant Hex. It also won the Hex in 2009 and 2013. But during each of those cycles, it was able to introduce new players for the following cycle. This allowed the U.S. team to field prepared teams for qualifying. This current team is talented, but is also learning the ins and outs of qualifying on the fly and it is obvious.

That inexperience was on display last night as the U.S. team was asked to break down a bunker – which this group has never seen in Nations League, Gold Cups, or friendlies.

In this game, the U.S. held possession, but players waited too long to pass and Canada always had time to adjust defensively. This game required more opportunities like the goal they scored or their best chance in the first half when Sebastian Lletget quickly swung the ball out wide for Aarronson who swung the ball centrally for Pulsic – who hit the post.

Unfortunately, the playbook is open on the U.S. team. Canada showed how to play road games in the United States.

"It was a really compact 5-4-1, sometimes changing to a 4-1-3-2 and it was tough to break down, it really was," Berhalter said. "We needed much faster ball movement. Everyone could see from the outside. It just took way too long on the ball. It allows Canada to shift... we have to work on that. We have to figure out ways to breakdown a compact defense because I am sure there are going to be other teams that come to the United States and do the same thing."

How quickly the U.S. team and Berhalter adjusts to this will be a defining story. El Salvador and Canada have exposed a true weakness for the U.S. team when the games become critical.

“With substitutes, we are looking at who is not performing up to standard,” Berhalter explained. “Who is off the game? We felt with our attacking players, Jordan was still being somewhat effective with his physicality. Brenden was one of our better players with his tenacity and his counter-pressing. Then it was balancing with who we thought we could bring on.” 

“I can understand how it looks like we should have acted quicker,” he added.

But this raises the questions between the proactive vs. reactive use of substitutions. Waiting for players to deteriorate or underperform is a reactive approach to something negative instead of looking to create something positive with a change – a proactive approach.

The best use of substitutes it to be proactive and try to change the game instead of being reactive to a game where the opponent is taking control and achieving its objectives.

The team badly lacks dynamic play in the front line and attacking midfield, but it’s not playing poorly across the board. It has the defense right now where a goal or two will get the job done.

The Gold Cup was a success but was far from an offensive display for the U.S. team where it had five separate 1-0 wins – thanks a lot to Miles Robinson and Matt Turner.

This position has truly never been settled for over a decade given frequent injuries to players like Jozy Altidore, Aron Johannsson, and others.

It continues to be a big problem at a critical stage.

There are also massive questions for the U.S. team who have taken massive hits for injury. Zack Steffen, Gio Reyna, Sergino Dest (likely) are out. Heading into camp, Tim Weah, Gyasi Zardes, Paul Arriola, and Yunus Musah. Then there are long term injuries to Richie Ledezma, Jordan Morris, and Aaron Long.

Then you have fatigue issues for Christian Pulisic (who appeared seriously gassed towards the end of the last game), Tyler Adams, and Miles Robinson. Also, it remains to be seen if Weston McKennie will be allowed to participate after his suspension.

Berhalter will likely go with the same backline that finished the game (A. Robinson, Brooks, M. Robinson, and Yedlin) as there is a comfort level with that group.

Tyler Adams said he was ready to play three games this window and he has a remarkable engine.

Whoever plays, they need to be able to play quicker to help possession translate into opportunities.

Matt Turner: Made one save, and also another impressive stop on a shot going wide. He commanded his box well but had no chance on the goal. Rating: 6.5

Antonee Robinson: Was one of the better U.S. players and had a nice assist on Aaronson’s goal. Rating: 7.0

Miles Robinson: A very solid day for the Atlanta United defender who won 6/6 of his duels, had 117 touches, was 94/106 passing, and was 3/6 in his long balls. He made all the plays asked of him. Rating: 7.5

John Brooks: Was beat a few times on Canadian offensive plays, including letting Larin slip by him for the equalizer. Rating: 5.0

Sergino Dest: The Barcelona fullback was only able to play 43 minutes after picking up an ankle injury. He was offensively dangerous a few times but also defensively suspect. Rating: 5.5

Tyler Adams: Adams was having a good game until later in the second half when a carless and intentional foul halted a very dangerous U.S. counterattack. Adams clearly should have known better and this was immature. Rating: 6.0

Kellyn Acosta: The Colorado midfielder wasn’t as dynamic as he can be in the middle of the field and didn’t help to breakdown Canada’s bunker. On a positive note, he was important to the buildup of the U.S. team’s goal. Rating: 5.5

Sebastian Lletget: Had a few nice plays, such as setting up the play for Pulisic’s shot off the post. Defensively, he did well to stop a few counterattacks before they materialized.  But was also frustrated by the bunker. Rating: 6.0

Christian Pulisic: The Chelsea attacker was welcome addition to the attack where he drew five fouls hit the post, and was part of every dangerous chance the U.S. team had. The biggest negative was his set piece deliveries. Rating: 7.5

Brenden Aaronson: Created and scored the U.S. team’s only with a combination of defensive ball-winning, run-making, and finishing. His once concern is just being able to get on the ball more to have a consistent impact. 29 touches through 83 minutes in a game where the U.S. team had 70% possession isn’t enough for a key offensive player. Rating: 6.5

Jordan Pefok: The Young Boys forward had a few nice moments but was mostly invisible and failed to make meaningful impact except for his buildup on the goal. Rating: 5.0

DeAndre Yedlin: Tough assignment to defend Davies, who exploited him on the goal. Moving forward, Yedlin did not offer much in the attack. Rating: 4.5

Josh Sargent: Sargent was active but came into the game too late to make an impact. Rating: NR

Cristian Roldan: Lively sub but should have had more minutes. Rating: NR

Konrad de la Fuente: Didn’t really have the opportunity to do much. Rating: NR

Honduras vs. USMNT score, ratings: Ricardo Pepi rides to the rescue as USA come from behind to earn vital win

CBS Sports Golazo 09 September, 2021 - 12:08am

The United States men's national team got its first win of the World Cup qualifying cycle on Wednesday, coming from behind to beat Honduras 4-1 in San Pedro Sula. Staring a defeat in the face at half time, manager Gregg Berhalter was proactive this time around, making changes that ended up paying off. Substitute Antonee Robinson scored just minutes after coming on, fellow sub DeAndre Yedlin came off the bench and delivered a brilliant assist as Ricardo Pepi headed home the winner in the 75th minute in his world cup qualifying debut. The 18-year-old also recorded two assists. The USA would also get goals from Brenden Aaronson and Sebastian Lletget.

RICARDO PEPI WITH HIS DEBUT GOAL TO GIVE THE @USMNT THE LEAD 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/8UiNxA8mCO

The win moves the red, white and blue to five points after three games, putting them back into good standing as qualifying continues next month. Anything but a win in this one would have seen a mountain more of pressure on manager Gregg Berhalter, but now he has some breathing room, some film to work with and much-needed confidence entering October. 

While the U.S. ended up with the three golden points, the first half was all Honduras, despite only having a couple good looks on goal. DC United talent Andy Najar was the creative engine in the middle, at times making his markers look silly with his skill moves and turns. In front of a packed crowd in San Pedro Sula, it felt like the hosts were the most likely to get the opener, and that's just what happened thanks to a header by Brayan Mora as the American defense was caught sleeping in the 27th minute. 

In the second half, Berhalter made numerous changes, and the team quickly responded through Robinson's fine finish inside the box in the 48th minute. From that moment on, the team grew with confidence and looked like the most likely team to take all of the points. 

While the match was there for the taking, the U.S. looked improved and sharper with each minute. Even after star Christian Pulisic came off injured in the second half, the U.S. was on the front foot, came alive late and earned what may end up being a monumental victory.

Came off the bench and got a goal, remaining the team's top scorer in qualifying. Brought the quickness and creativity that was needed.

Came on and changed the game after three minutes with his equalizer and always looked dangerous. Composed display.                 

Brought much-needed experience and stability into the middle and was rewarded with a goal.

Antonee Robinson's celebration was impressive, but it was no stanky leg if you ask @charliedavies9 🤷‍♂️😂 pic.twitter.com/GFJIh4MmJo

Antonee Robinson's celebration was impressive, but it was no the stanky leg if you ask @charliedavies9 🤷‍♂️😂 pic.twitter.com/XoE4lEeofS

Congratulations Ricardo Pepi on being selected as today’s Insiders Man of the Match! 👏 pic.twitter.com/E3kUJ9tM8L

How things stand in Concacaf #WorldCup Qualifying 👀 pic.twitter.com/fXzG4bzFZc

Finally! A WIN in #WorldCup qualifying for US Men's Soccer! With four 2nd half goals v Honduras, the outlook is brighter. I'll ask @RGonzalezCBS how the offense broke out, the impact of Christian Pulisic & more. The other football on the eve of NFL kickoff @AfterHoursCBS tonight.

"The attack is starting to look dangerous, you're starting to see more goals against the run of play. That's what gives me optimism."@clint_dempsey on the @USMNT's attack 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ysVdiNrYlY

How many goals was that, @SLletget? pic.twitter.com/hNsRJdiGcu

"I might need to get a trainer... I could do 15-20 minutes." @Clint_Dempsey was ready to suit up at halftime 😅 pic.twitter.com/h6t49pIAhj

"An unbelievable debut to his national team career...they came out with a new golden boy in Pepi"@OguchiOnyewu5 on Ricardo Pepi's debut 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/xTkyrUYfTI

💪 Well said, @AaronsonBrenden! On to the next. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/PJnQvU7lx0

Concise, to the point, honest and passionate. 12/10 interview. https://t.co/MrVwiS5usx

Exclusive post game reaction from the one and only @Ricardo_Pepi9. 🔊 pic.twitter.com/BZ5C64Mcfj

SEBASTIAN LLETGET MAKES IT FOUR 💥 pic.twitter.com/d7nCb78tAZ

SEBASTIAN LLETGET MAKES IT FOUR 💥 pic.twitter.com/d7nCb78tAZ

Now THAT's how you close out this World Cup Qualifying window. Proud of our boys. 😤👊 pic.twitter.com/3gSD85MthY

That's five points after three games ... and it felt like it would be three. I think you take those five, expect six in October, and you are well on your way if that happens.

Really concerned the fan base is going to think all the issues are fixed now, NGL

90 +3' - GOAL!!!@SLletget GETS IN ON THE FUN!#HONvUSA | 1-4 pic.twitter.com/YY9qZEuKO5

Pepi ➡️ @AaronsonBrenden late in the game. Very much love to see it. pic.twitter.com/ZQhl0q4x80

RICARDO PEPI FINDS BRENDEN AARONSON FOR THE @USMNT'S THIRD 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/q7wCIu6SaV

86' - GOAL!!@AaronsonBrenden MAKES IT THREE!#HONvUSA | 1-3 pic.twitter.com/kA9GO7CltA

Aaronson! USMNT have secured three VITAL points!

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