Booby Wood’s Second Half Goal Keeps USA’s World Cup Hopes Alive

Hamburger SV's forward Bobby Wood came of the bench and scored an equalizer in the game vs. Honduras, bringing the USA a valuable point.

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The first half of Honduras vs. USA game saw Romell Quioto scoring a goal and giving Honduras a lead. This meant U.S. men’s national team was facing a mountain to climb. There were on the losing end of a game they needed a positive result from. The shocking loss against Costa Rica on September 2nd ensured that the USA will have to work hard to get to the World Cup held in Russia in 2018. Defeat against Honduras would bring the world of problems, and would put in jeopardy the whole mission.

Luckily, Hamburger SV’s forward Bobby Wood came off the bench and found the net towards the end of the game, giving the USA a valuable point. It was a game that looked already lost for the USMNT. The team played poorly in the first half, and the things didn’t look much better in the second. But Wood’s goal ensured the USA staying ahead of Honduras in the standings, and that is the most important thing at the moment.

That’s a huge point for the U.S. team. The conditions were challenging for both teams. I’m really proud of our team.” – said Bruce Arena in the post-match press conference.

The USA has two more games left in the qualifiers. The first one will see the USA welcoming Panama on the home turf, a match the USMNT has to win. Panama is currently ahead of USA in the standings, and they hold the 3rd spot which leads directly to the 2018 World Cup. Besides the match against the USA, Panama will face Costa Rica as well. The second match will see the USA going to Trinidad and Tobago, a team that has lost 7 out of 8 of their matches. If Bruce Arena’s boys manage to get two wins, USA will secure the World Cup spot. Everything else will definitely be considered a failure.