October 10, 2009
U.S., Honduras tied at the half, 0-0
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- The United States and Honduras played to a scoreless halftime tie of their World Cup qualifier at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano Saturday night.
|Landon Donovan and the U.S. were fortunate to be tied at halftime.
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The U.S. was fortunate to get out of the halftime with a scoreless tie because the Hondurans dominated much of the opening 45 minutes.
They used their speed down the flanks to expose the slower U.S. defenders to create several dangerous opportunities and a couple of heart-stopping moments in the penalty area, thanks to midfielders Julio De Leon on the left side and Edgardo Alvarez on the right flank.
Ironically, it was a through ball from the middle of the field that created the first close encounter in the 25th minute. Carlos Costly tried to run onto it, but U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard managed to get to the ball first.
The Americans' best chance in the first half came off the head and foot of forward Charlies Davies within seconds of each other. He headed a Stuart Holden cross from the right side toward the net, but goalkeeper Noel Valladares managed to get his right hand on the shot. The rebound came back to Davies and the former Westchester Flames standout sent a seven-yard shot over the net.
The Hondurans continued to attack, occasionally creating chaos and a few loose balls in the penalty area. The U.S. backline cleared them out of harm's way, but the hosts came back again and again.
Carlos Pavon botched a great chance in the 35th minute as he sent his point-blank head wide left of the net.