World Cup qualifying notebook

Mathis reminisces with Honduras flashback

October 9, 2009
By Kristian Dyer
It's been more than eight years, but the goal is still special to Clint Mathis. In late March 2001, the national team forward ran up and struck a beautiful set piece to give the United States a 2-1 victory on the road in Honduras. It was almost as if Mathis had a premonition about the goal.

The day before, the team held a practice in San Pedro Sula to get acclimated to the stadium. Toward the end of the session, Mathis began taking free kicks, over and over again from 25-30 yards out. ...

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