FIFA signs deadline for World Cup qualifier Bobby Wood scored late to give the United States a 1-1 draw with Honduras in the World Cup qualifiers at San Pedro Sula last night.
Honduras took the lead in the first half with a fine goal from midfielder Romi Kyoto to give the hosts the opportunity to grab the three points in front of a crowd excited in a humid atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium.
But striker Wood put the ball into the net from close range in the 85th minute after confusion inside the box after Honduras keeper Luis Lopez blocked a free kick. The United States and Honduras have nine points after eight games in the North American, Central American and Caribbean qualifiers. The teams are behind Panama, who advanced to third place with a 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago last night.
Second-placed Costa Rica could have secured the World Cup, but only drew 1-1 at home with Mexico, who were booked in Russia last week.
Mexico took the lead in the 42nd minute thanks to a goal by Christian Gamboa by mistake, but Costa Rica drew a superb goal seven minutes into the end when Marco Orenia fired a powerful 20-meter shot.
The top three qualify directly for Russia’s finals and the fourth-placed runner-up against Syria or Australia. “We have a lot of work to do but things are in our hands now,” said US striker Jordan Morris.
We had a lot of effort throughout the game, “he said.” We would love to have three points but one point is very important for us here. ”
The United States has been involved in all editions of the World Cup since 1990, and US coach Bruce Arena has made seven changes to the 2-0 loss to Costa Rica on Friday.
Honduras took the first half and made a good start in the 27th minute when Kyoto took advantage of a mistake by United States defender Omar Gonzalez to hit his right foot against goalkeeper Brad Gozan. Wood took the lead less than 20 minutes later and did not miss the only chance he had.