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Honduras crushes Mexico, 3-1

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A great night for American soccer fans got even better when Honduras blasted Mexico, 3-1, in a World Cup qualifier at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula on Wednesday night. Carlos Costly had a brace and Carlos Pavon scored for Los Catrachos, playing its first game of the final hexagonal stage on home soil.

Meanwhile, the noose surely is tighter around Sven-Goran Eriksson's neck as El Tri is now winless in five straight qualifying matches away from Estadio Azteca. The Swede was under heavy fire after a 2-0 loss to the U.S., but received a stay of execution after wins against Bolivia in a friendly and Costa Rica in a qualifier on Saturday night in Mexico City.

After some fine goalkeeping by Noel Valladres early, Honduras went into halftime with a two-goal advantage. First it was Costly who pulled past Leabardo Lopez and slotted the ball through Memo Ochoa's legs on 17 minutes.

Pavon doubled the advantage four mintues after having a goal called back for offside. Mauricio Sabillon capped a darting run down the right by cutting inside of two Mexican players and lofting a perfect ball to Pavon. The 35-year-old, who scored three in a 3-1 win at home against Mexico eight years ago, took the ball off his chest and volleyed it inside the near post two minutes from halftime.

Ochoa, who made his second start in place of usual starter Oswaldo Sanchez, allowed Costly's shot to roll underneath him in the 78th minute as Honduras took a commanding 3-0 lead. Nery Castillo, a big fan of the Mexican press, scored from the penalty spot two minutes later. Mexico was reduced to 10 men two minutes from full time when last defender Carlos Salcido was sent off for tripping Pavon from behind.

What do you make of Honduras' comprehensive win against Mexico? Is this the final blow for Eriksson? Perhaps you think it's no big deal because Mexico will qualify anyway based on its home form. Is Honduras back on track? Share your thoughts below.

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  1. NO chance at a seeding for U.S.–ranked 17th in world right now–even if that comes down, we did not place well in the last world cup-thus no seeding.

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  2. SonicDeathMonkey,

    Why so certain that the U.S. will not get seeded for the W.C.? I’d love some analysis on that point, bc obviously it will make a big difference in South Africa. But I imagined that a strong performance in the confed cup + qualifying might equal a seed this time around.

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  3. That will do it for Sven.

    He’ll take his 5 milion or whatever the exact amount and its back to Europe and a wider selection on young ladies to choose from.

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  4. who are these people saying we show no class by taking delight in mexico’s shortcomings? those douchebags never shake our hands whenever we beat them. i hope they lose every game they play and i’ll take extreme pleasure from seeing it happen. lighten up take a deep breath or piss off. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  5. I agree with James, bittersweet, having 3 strong teams in the region will make US a better team. With Mexico’s loss, are we (US) a better team or are we just playing(in concacaf) weak competition?

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  6. @valentine

    ” The world of soccer with an American voice”…
    We’re American, Mexico is our biggest rival, what part of this don’t you understand????
    Of coarse we’re gonna feel some sort of satisfaction when they lose, Its part of the rivalry, it’s what makes it great.

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  7. Props to Honduras, they have a really good team and could give the USA a very tough time at Soldier Field. The Cohones these guys play with is incredible. From Costly’s wit to 35 year old Carlos Pavon burst of speed to make Salcido earn a red! great game. They are definately on my list to make it to South Africa.

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  8. @ Drago,

    that is not all we US fans have. I like how you skipped a world cup. Oh yea thats right……….. We still have korea 2002 dont we hahaahahhahah. Eat it Mexico

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  9. Drago, just because you can speak in a condescending manner doesn’t make you any wiser. You watch where US Soccer is going, Negative Nancy

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  10. In the end, Mexico will still qualify, maybe 3rd in the region if that floats your boat…

    and the US will qualify in first.

    The US will crash from the group stage of another major tournament again (like WC 98, 06, and Copa America 07) and Mexico will crash out in the Round of 16.

    The “US – Mexico” rivalry is all US Soccer has.

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  11. Did anyone catch Ives on FSC on the Fox Soccer Report? How cool was that? I was like, I know who that guy is, he runs my favorite soccer blog site? You need a better pic Ives.

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  12. No matter what about the other teams, we got 3 points, Jozy got the start and showed it off, DB did fairly well at left back, and landon proved himself on the left also! Two strikers up top has not been in US tactic books for a while now, I’m glad it’s back and hope BB keeps this style of play going!! USA USA USA!!!!

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  13. What this says is Honduras will be a factor this year.

    There are four legit contenders for the three automatic spots. 4th is a real possibility for everyone.

    We’ll see what the US is made of, next three are @Costa Rica, Honduras, and @Mexico. More than three points would be great, less than three and we are in for a dogfight. 2 wins and we are basically in.

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  14. Mexico is in fourth in CONCACAF, and Argentina is in fourth in CONMEBOL and two points from fifth.

    Everyone had Mexico – Argentina in their pool for the .5 playoff series right? Not going to happen, but that would be highly entertaining for everyone not involved in that high-stakes death match. The television ratings would be approximately one million percent higher than Uruguay – Honduras will be.

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  15. Hey Valentine,

    First off, I wrote this piece, not Ives. And secondly, this was classless? Dude, I know you’re hurting because El Tri got smacked, but that’s not my fault. I just reported what happened in the game. If you don’t like the scoreline or the details, don’t shoot the messenger.

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  16. Valentine

    you’re telling Ives to have more class? he’s just reporting what happened today in the world of football.

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  17. @ Valentine:

    Do you not think that all of Brazil is laughing it up at Argentina right now? Its a rivalry. I hate the Mexican NT. So if your calling me a hater, thanx, and i accept the title.

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  18. that handball is what makes the game beautiful. no one noticed it and it was the players wit. unfortunately, soccer here in America is too technical and follow the rules way too much. here in America, we need that kind of wit, that kind of slyness. remember Maradona? anyway, if we’re going to be all correct about the rules of the game, that penalty would have never happened!

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  19. Mexico should be worried. El Sal didn’t just tie the U.S. because the U.S. was bad. Both E.S. and T.T. are dangerous. Some serious quality intermixed with their issues.

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  20. The referee was poor in this game, two of Honduras goals did not count. One was a hand ball the other offside.

    The Mexico goal was not a penalty, Mexico and Honduras each should of recieved a red card.

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  21. I keep losing repect for this site. Every time something negative happens to Mexico the hate mongers comes out of this site.

    Have more class Ives, you really need it.

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  22. They will never be successful with Sven Goran Ericksson as coach. Mexico has always played a passionate nationalistic type game. They need inspiration from a Mexican, not a Swede. They are totally lacking in passion since Ericksson took over.

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  23. Take a look at the Honduran roster. On paper, they’re stacked by CONCACAF standards and have proven to be a quality team. This isn’t a fluke. Honduras is good and deserves credit.

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  24. Hey cbr, per chance is “seated” the same thing as seeded? Just askin’. And no, the US will not be seeded.

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  25. Tom “Mexican football is evaporating before our very eyes, and the best rivalry in the region suffers as a result.”

    Rivalries dont have anything really to do with form….what makes the rivalry great is the head to head, we still need to win at azteca, mexico still have a good team (when all healthy)

    Im with sinter on this one, no doubt

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  26. Teams like Honduras beating on Mexico only goes to show that Concacaf isn’t a walk in the park anymore. If Honduras, Costa Rica, Canada etc. continue to improve and are able to better compete on the world stage as well as us and Mexico, it will help make Concacaf legit, give us a better shot of getting a seed, and spark new rivalries. I can’t see how anyone thinks this is bad for the region or us.

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  27. Mexico’s problems all come from actually being overhyped for all these years. What has Mexico really done? Beat Brazil and Argentina? The US has done that, only problem has been that the media here doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Football. Mexico was never that big team that everyone feared. Mexico is just not improving like the the Concacaf as a whole is. I have never seen so many Concacaf players playing abroad.

    Mexico really wants to play better then all they got to do is stop playing the ball in the air. You got a bunch of 5′ 6” players trying to play air balls with a region that has players that are going into the 6′ area.

    What a hell of a game by both Donovan and Jozy! Wish we still had him in the Red Bulls.

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  28. I agree with Brett. On some under currents I think it sets up like this: would you want to see Brazil or Argentina not make it to the world cup? Probably not. Same should go for both US and Mexico.
    It’s nice to hear them trash each other on ESPN Deportes’ Futbol Picante show.

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  29. But what is wrong with other countries stepping up and taking the glory over Mexico or the US? Honduras played an amazing game tonight and the US looks no where close to competing with other high-class soccer nations.

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  30. I leave this comment on every story/post like this:

    We, being the USSF, NEED Mexico to succeed. If our chief rival becomes a laughing stock, CONCACAF loses, and that includes us. If we become the true standard bearer for our region and Mexico is sitting at home watching the World Cup, that is not good for us.

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  31. This is a little bittersweet. I always enjoy seeing mexico get thrashed, but Tom is right; mexico suffering only makes CONCACAF look that much weaker.

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  32. I’m supposed to take this as good news? Mexican football is evaporating before our very eyes, and the best rivalry in the region suffers as a result.

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  33. as much as bradley may baffle us sometimes we should consider ourselves lucky to have him since we dont have the same coaching problems that mexico has

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