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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Bobby Wood

For 84 or so minutes, the U.S. Men’s National Team wasn’t very good. There’s no need to mince words or anything like that. Honduras was the better team for virtually the entire match.

But sometimes, an individual player and an individual moment can make a difference, and Bobby Wood did just that on Tuesday.

Wood scored the equalizing goal in Tuesday night’s match, sealing a hard-fought and likely undeserved point against Honduras. The goal put the USMNT on a decent track when it comes to World Cup qualifying while it also sealed Wood’s honor as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.

The Hamburg forward was introduced as a second half substitute, and he made all the difference in the 84th minute. After Kellyn Acosta’s free kick struck the bar, the ball bounced around the box after behind headed in by Matt Besler. Jordan Morris flicked a header towards Wood, who took a touch before firing in what proved to be the game’s pivotal moment.

Wood’s effort earned him Man of the Match honors, beating out Morris and Christian Pulisic for Tuesday’s honors.

What did you think of Wood’s performance? Who was your Man of the Match?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Arena is to blame. Two different US sides looked like they never played a game together and didn’t support each other in possession. The team looked stranded in their “positions.” They could hardly string two passes together. Any decent manager notices that in 20 minutes and adjusts and doesn’t let it happen a second time. Have Pulisic play centrally and tell him to go get the ball wherever it might be. Have your strikers circle back to the midfield to move possession forward. Someone make an overlapping run sometime, or move diagonally across the defense. Maybe don’t keeping playing wingbacks who can’t defend well or push forward (CR and H were clearly attacking weak defenders like you attack a bad cornerback). Maybe tell Bradley that he needs to get forward more, or tell Nagbe that he has to stop being so slow when he first gets the ball and make a decision. There are a ton of things you can point to that scream out “where is the manager and why isn’t he fixing this?”

  2. Yes,he is an autentic warrior,Bobby Wood,and was the better against Honduras,anyway
    Panama is weak playing home,and the next compromise Trinidad and Tobago,is more
    easy,like a think usamnt would be in rusia,but very hard like never before

  3. Usually I blame USSF for mediocre results of USNT, but this time I blame Arena’s tactics & formation. Sorry, Woods & Altidore combo does not work, Dempsey is more super-sub, Besler & Beasly is no long useful for USNT, & 3-5-2 or 4-5-1seem more natural design for current talent pool.

  4. I know this will not be the most popular pov, but I thought Acosta was MOTM. He ran all day, did well to slow down attacks with fouls, and covered for Zusi all night. His free kick was great and led to the goal sequence. He was not perfect, but his hustle and willingness to sacrifice for the team earns him the mark in my book.

  5. Guy scores big goals, it must be said. He’ll be wondering why he wasn’t on the field the entire game, particularly given our apparent preference for long balls forward. Deuce and Morris just couldn’t win a thing out there.


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