Former Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey put three in the back of the Honduras net to send the United States to an emphatic 6-0 victory in Friday’s World Cup Qualifying match at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Dempsey, who missed the U.S.’s recent set of qualifiers due to an irregular heartbeat, tallied in the 32nd, 49th, and 54th minutes. Former Revolution discovery player Sebastian Lletget opened the scoring inside of five minutes while Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic each notched goals of their own in the 27th and 46th minutes, respectively.
Attleboro, Mass. native Geoff Cameron got the start at right back for the U.S., and went 59 minutes before he was subbed off for Graham Zusi. Cameron collected a 25th minute caution.
The win is the largest margin of victory for the U.S. against Honduras as well as the team’s biggest in the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying.
The victory also gives the U.S. its first three points of the Hexagonal and pushes the team into fourth place, just one point behind Tuesday’s opponents Panama for CONCACAF’s third and final automatic World Cup berth.
Brian O'Connell (@BrianOConnell21) serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNFC, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He's contributed to The Associated Press, The Canadian Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. E-mail: BOConnell21@aol.com