Clint Dempsey scored the only goal as the United States edged past Honduras in
Miami to give Jurgen Klinsmann his first win as national team coach.
The Fulham forward struck in the 36th minute at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami
Gardens while goalkeeper Tim Howard made some key saves as the visitors played a
Honduras almost went ahead when Jerry Bengston got ahead of the defence and
broke into the box, firing a shot Howard saved at point-blank range and the
Everton keeper then kept out Carlo Costly's effort.
The hosts took the lead when Steve Cherundolo slipped a short pass to Brek Shea
who in turn sent a firm, low cross into the area which was dummied by Jozy
Altidore and deflected off the heel of Michael Orozco Fiscal as it went through
The ball reached Dempsey who dragged the ball back to his left foot and bent a
curling left-footed shot from 15 yards which went into the left-hand corner of
the goal past keeper Donis Escobar.
Honduras continued to attack, Boniek Garcia, Roger Espinoza and Bengston all
producing efforts on goal.
Dempsey did have the ball in the net again six minutes from time but his header
was disallowed for a foul on Maynor Figueroa.
The victory was the first for Klinsmann in four games since he replaced Bob
Bradley in July.