Honduras' Suarez pleased, looks to improve
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SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Following Wednesday's emotional 2-1 win over the United States in the opening match of the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Honduras head coach Luis Fernando Suarez was thoroughly pleased with his team's performance in almost every aspect.

"We've shown some very interesting things today," the Colombian said of the match. "Taking the balance things were very positive.

"In terms of our football, we knew how to take advantage of the space and time they gave us, though maybe in the midfield we weren't as fine as we could have been. If anything can be improved it would be when that we get into the last 20 meters, to do some things differently."

The Catrachos team found themselves in a 36th minute hole, when Clint Dempsey netted his sixth goal of the current qualifying cycle. That deficit, though, lasted only four minutes. Defender Juan Carlos Garcia scored on a spectacular bicycle kick goal to level matters.

"You have to give Honduras lots of compliments today, they did what they needed to do and scored a fantastic goal," said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "We knew coming here it was going to be a difficult game, and it was."

The Americans had won on their previous two qualifying visits to San Pedro Sula, in 2001 (2-1) and 2009 (3-2). But on Wednesday, the locals finally managed to take three points from their American visitors.

Despite the achievement at home on Wednesday, Suarez said there was no reason for Honduras to become overconfident, since the Hexagonal is a long, hard qualifying process involving more than one game.

"Now there are nine more games," he commented realistically. "We have to continue to demonstrate more and we have to get a lot better. I had always hoped to take the initiative in this game, and in that aspect the team did well. The work we've done helped a lot."

The victory left Honduras alone atop the Hexagonal table, after the other two matches played on Wednesday in the region resulted in draws. Looking ahead to the second match day in March, Honduras stays at home to face Mexico, while the U.S. hosts Costa Rica in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado.