Olympic Qualifying: USA vs. Honduras (Running Commentary)

Olympic Qualifying: USA vs. Honduras (Running Commentary)

U.S. Men's Olympic Team

Olympic Qualifying: USA vs. Honduras (Running Commentary)

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Good afternoon folks. Apologies for the lateness of this post but it is Easter after all.

If you are a die-hard U.S. national team fan and watching today’s qualifying final even though it doesn’t mean much, please feel free to follow along with the match here.

Enjoy the match.

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FINAL- Honduras 1, USA 0. It’s over. Honduras is the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying champion. No, it doesn’t really mean much but Honduras will certainly take it.

Terrible finishing by the Americans, who outplayed Honduras for much of the day, was what led to a disappointing finish to an otherwise successful tournament for the USA.

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107th minute- Looks like Robbie Findley is cramping up.

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HALFTIME- The USA has 15 minutes to find a goal and push this match into penalty kicks. Unfortunately, the American offense has been a mess all day.

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104th minute- GOAL HONDURAS. What a goal, a 23-yard blast. Honduras 1, USA 0.

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102nd minute- I think strikers should pay a fine whenever a shot attempt turns into a throw-in for the other team.

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100th minute- Is it me or does it feel like there isn’t an American player on the field who can beat a defender off the drible?

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OVERTIME- Honduras looks a bit fatigued heading into overtime and you have to wonder whether Jozy Altidore will be the difference maker in the final 30 minutes.

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REGULATION. USA 0, Honduras 0. We’re heading for overtime (Something none of us needed).

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93rd minute- Gaven draws another dangerous free kick. Where’s Freddy Adu? Bring him out in street clothes.

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91st minute- Altidore serves up a great ball to Kljestan, who squanders a great chance.

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89th minute- Marvell Wynne comes in for Holden, who had a pretty strong tournament.

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87th minute- Stuart Holden lucky to avoid a second yellow just now.

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83rd minute- Dangerous free kick for the USA after Gaven is fouled near the penalty area.

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79th minute- Here comes Jozy Altidore. Coming in for Chad Barrett. Slight upgrade.

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78th minute- Nothing like annointing goalkeepers as great who have yet to see any significant playing time as professionals.

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71st minute- FINDLEY with a golden opportunity but his header bounces off the crossbar after bouncing it off the ground. UNLUCKY.

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63rd minute- Kljestan turnover, DRINK. Nice work from Kamani Hill though.

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54th minute- Wow, Dom Cervi spills a save but his defenders help him out, including Patrick Ianni, who saves one off the line.

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49th minute- With Robbie Findley and Nathan Sturgis on the field today I can’t help but wonder if Alexi Lalas has ever bashed his head against the wall for the Findley/Sturgis for Chris Klein trade.

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HALFTIME- We’re about to get started for the second half.

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HALFTIME- We’re scoreless. USA 0, Honduras 0. At least there has been some action, although the Freeman injury puts a damper on things, though it didn’t appear that serious.

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39th minute- I think it’s time to add the Sacha Kljestan turnover drinking game

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37th minute- Barrett shot is blocked. DRINK

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31st minute- Barrett misses by inches, DRINK. Seriously though, Barrett is going to score a goal today.

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29th minute- Seeing Hunter Freeman treated for an injury isn’t going to do much to help the suicide watch for Red Bulls fans.

27th minute- Here’s the US lineup:

————Findley–Barrett———-

Gaven—Kljestan—–Edu–Holden

Sturgis—Ianni—-Orozco—–Hill

——————Cervi——————

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25th minute- Maurice Edu is coming in for Hunter Freeman, who took a knock

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18th minute- Wow, Honduras comes close with a 20-yard shot. This game can’t stay scoreless long.

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13th minute- Okay, we must have a Chad Barrett drinking game. Any time he shoots wide it’s a drink. (Is it wrong to have an Easter Day drinking game?)

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11th minute- I wonder if Tiffany May has made her way to Nashville.

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9th minute– Some wide-open soccer so far. A bit different than the last time these teams met.

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