Disappointment at the Olímpico Metropolitano
In a (almost) must-win game for the United States men’s national soccer team, the team led by Michael Bradley failed to win against Honduras. After a grueling 0-2 defeat against Costa Rica on Friday, the USMNT was hoping to bounce back to be the sole team in third place.
In the 27th minute, Romell Quioto hit a shot from the left side of the box past U.S. keeper, Brad Guzan. Much of the game was back and forth in midfield, with the United States and Honduras only hitting four and six shots on goal respectively. In the 73rd minute, Bobby Wood came in for the U.S. replacing Darlington Nagbe. It would be in the 85th minute that Wood would score, tying the match at 1-1. Neither team would be able to capitalize during the rest of the match, leaving each side with a point.
How This Affects The USMNT
As of right now, Mexico is the only team from the CONCACAF to qualify for the upcoming World Cup. After defeating the US 2-0 on last week, and tying with Mexico on Tuesday, Costa Rica sits second on the table with 18 points. Following in third is Panama with 10 points after a win against Trinidad & Tobago. The United States and Honduras are now tied for fourth with nine points.
Only the top three teams get an automatic bid for the World Cup in the CONCACAF qualifiers. Only two matches remain for each of the teams in qualifiers. The United States play Panama on Oct. 6 at the Orlando City Stadium. If the game was to end in a tie, there is almost no possibility of the United States finishing in the top three. The United States’ World Cup qualifiers will end the following week facing Trinidad & Tobago.
Costa Rica and Mexico right now hold the fate of the United States’ World Cup hopes in their hands. Mexico and Costa Rica each play Honduras in the final qualifiers, as well as Costa Rica playing Panama in their last game. If Mexico and Costa Rica were to beat Honduras and Panama, it would give the United States the best shot at a World Cup bid.