Facing a must-win match, the U.S. Men’s National Team throughly dismantled Honduras in San Jose Friday night at a cold drizzly Avaya Stadium, putting the US right back of the thick of qualifying
#USMNT XI: 1-Howard, 2-Villafaña, 3-Gonzalez, 4-Bradley (C), 6-Brooks, 8-Dempsey, 9-Lletget, 10-Pulisic, 15-Nagbe, 17-Altidore, 20-Cameron pic.twitter.com/kS0T7qf3vU— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 25, 2017
It was a glorious display from the Americans, who were dominant from the opening whistle. The rout began in the 5th minute when our very own Sebastian Lletget put away a Pulisic rebound early to send the crowd into a frenzy.
.@SLletget's first-ever goal for the #USMNT! https://t.co/SSNj8x0ZtZ #USAvHON https://t.co/EIyF7bheOn— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 25, 2017
The US continued to fight, and Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th when his left footed drive outside the 18 was not properly defended. Clearly feeling it, the Red White and Blue scored five minutes later after Clint Dempsey outmuscled his defender and lashed a volley into the roof of the net.
With the US nursing a 3-0 halftime lead, the Yanks could be forgiven for putting their foot off the gas.
Yeah, that didn’t happen. Always working hard off-the-ball, Pulisic pressured a defender into a turnover, won the ball and calmly slotted past a beleaguered Donis Escobar to further pad the lead.
Then Deuce took over. The Seattle Sounders attacker rounded the goalkeeper in the 49th minute, then sent a perfect free kick into the top left corner of the goal to complete his hat trick.
The U.S. next head to Panama City to battle Panama Tuesday night. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on Seba’s ankle injury.