Altidore ties record in U.S. win

Posted by Paul Carr, ESPN Stats & Information

The United States defeated Honduras 1-0 on Tuesday night to remain atop the CONCACAF final-round standings and nearly cement a place at the 2014 World Cup. Here are five notes on the match:

• Jozy Altidore tallied the game's only goal in the 73rd minute, becoming the sixth American to score in four consecutive games. He joins Landon Donovan (twice), Eddie Johnson, Brian McBride, Eric Wynalda and William Looby, who did it in 1954-55. It’s the first time Altidore has scored in four straight games for club or country, and he could be the first American to score in five straight games.

• Altidore’s goal was the 17th of his career, tying DaMarcus Beasley and Earnie Stewart for seventh on the U.S. career scoring list. Altidore reached 17 goals in 60 caps, compared to Stewart’s 101 career caps and Beasley’s 104.

• The Americans were at their best when working the wings. They completed 4 of 11 crosses and created two chances in the first 20 minutes, but failed to complete either of two crosses in the lackadaisical final 25 minutes of the first half. In a more active second half, the U.S. put in nine crosses, completing three and creating two chances. And that doesn't include Fabian Johnson’s centering pass for Altidore’s goal.

• The United States is the fifth team with 13 or more points from its first six final-round games; the other four all qualified for the World Cup. A mere four points from the final four games would give the U.S. 17 points, and all nine teams with at least 17 points qualified for the World Cup by finishing in the top three.

• With the win, the United States’ odds inched up from 98.8 percent to 99.7 percent, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index. The top three look secure, with Costa Rica second in the group at 96.3 percent and Mexico at 87.7 percent.

Honduras and Panama appear to be battling for the right to face New Zealand in a playoff. SPI gives Honduras a 56.2 percent shot at qualifying, and Panama has a 27.8 percent chance. Jamaica is all but done with 0.5 percent odds.

ESPN Conversations