Jermaine Jones caused a turnover, Michael Bradley played the cross and Jozy Altidore finished clinically as a combination USMNT fans barely got to see in Brazil put the States up 1-0 on Honduras in a friendly at Boca Raton on Tuesday night.
The States had a tremendous chance in the 7th minute, with Jozy Altidore pressuring a giveaway but feeding a pass behind Clint Dempsey. The captain had to adjust and hit a point blank shot just wide of the goal. It remained 0-0.
But Altidore, playing in his home town, made amends moment later, chest-trapping a gorgeous diagonal ball from Bradley before moving around Honduran Victor Bernandez and slotting low for the opener in the 10th minute.
Yet the 20th minute almost found Honduras level through ex-DC United and current Anderlecht star Andy Najar, who intercepted an awful Nick Rimando clearance only to launch it over the bar.
Ale Bedoya nearly found Dempsey for the Yanks’ second goal moments later but the midfielder’s cross-six pass was a bit too shallow and able to be cleared wide.
Overall, the States have been the better side in a sloppy game. Jermaine Jones looks decent at center back.
USMNT: Rimando; Chandler, Jones, Besler, Garza; Zusi, Diskerud, Bradley, Bedoya; Dempsey (c), Altidore
Goal: Altidore (10′)
Subs: Yedlin, Orozco, Morales, Ibarra, Hamid, Corona, Ream, Wondolowski, Wood
Honduras: Escober; Izaquirre, Figeroua, Bernardez, Crisanto; Garcia, Garrado, Claros, Najar; Rojas, Elis