The United States is 45 minutes away from going into the final international break three points back of an automatic World Cup qualifying spot.
Houston Dynamo attacker Romell Quito roasted the U.S. defense for an early goal at San Pedro Sula.
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The Yanks came out of the gate with purpose, almost earning a corner through Pulisic within 30 seconds and watching Jordan Morris drag an effort wide of the goal in the third minute.
Darlington Nagbe dribbled deep into the left of the attacking third before cutting back for Kellyn Acosta, who chipped an inviting cross toward the back post. Los Catrachos handled it, another promising sign from the Yanks.
Yet Graham Zusi was caught adventuring and DaMarcus Beasley needed to stoop to save Alberth Elis’ cross from reaching Romell Quioto atop the six.
Then Zusi was cooked again by Quioto, and Gonzalez bungled his attempt to close down the Honduran striker. Guzan stayed home, Quioto had a lot of time to find the ball and kiss it off the post.