The USA soccer team is back on track, after they demolished Honduras last night, 6-0, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, with a magnificent performance by Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic.
USA soccer recorded their first win in current CONCACAF World Cup qualification after they lost the opening two games against Mexico and Costa Rica.
Their victim last night was Honduras and after scoring just one goal in the first two games, the United States scored six in the span of 90 minutes.
When his team needed him the most, Clint Dempsey ran the show. He scored three goals and became the oldest player in CONCACAF to score a hat-trick since 1961.
“It was all about the team,” Dempsey said afterward. “We came out and played well. We started on the front foot and took the game to our opponents and when we got chances, we put them in the back of the net.”
After having some problems with his heart, this is a huge boost for Dempsey, and coach Bruce Arena said that he’s very satisfied with his improvement since Major League Soccer started.
“We’ve seen Clint do this before,” Arena said. “The way he’s been improving through the first three weeks in the MLS has been remarkable.”
On the other hand, the guy who helped him the most was a teenager. Christian Pulisic is 18-years-old, 16 less than Clint Dempsey.
But in tonight’s match, that difference wasn’t apparent.
The Borussia Dortmund player ran the midfield and was magnificent, showing that he is the leader of the next generation of world football talent. Everybody thought that he is going to need some time to adjust playing at a high level, but he surprised all the doubters and immediately became the leader on the pitch.
“Christian is just a natural,” U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. “The game comes easy for him. He’s pretty smooth.”
Along with the goal scored he had three assists in this match, each time finding a way through Honduras defense.
The opening goal was scored by Los Angeles Galaxy forward Sebastian Lletget, who was playing in front of his home crowd. This was his second start for USA soccer and coach Bruce Arena admitted that he was a little bit concerned about that fact.
“I was concerned about Sebastian heading into this game because of the lack of experience at this level,” U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. “Scoring that opening goal was huge.”
The US team will now face Panama in just four days, on Wednesday and the game will be played in Panama City at Stadium Rommel Fernandez.