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Late goal gives U.S. draw with Honduras
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Action from the World Cup qualifier between host Honduras (white jersey) and the USA on September 5, 2017, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Substitute Bobby Wood scored in the 85th minute to give the United States a 1-1 draw with host Honduras in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano on Tuesday night.

The result kept the Americans (2W-3D-3L, 9 points) in third place over Honduras (2W-3D-3L, 9) on goal difference (+1 to -7), pending the result of a match later between Panama (1-4-2, 7) and Trinidad & Tobago (1-0-6, 3).

For most of the game, the Central American champion did well to disrupt the U.S. attack – until the equalizer.

The Gold Cup champion took advantage of a Kellyn Acosta free kick that was brilliantly saved by leaping goalkeeper Luis Lopez.  With the Honduran defense unable to clear, U.S. defender Matt Besler got control in the left side of the penalty area and sent the ball to Jordan Morris, who flicked it to Wood.  The Hamburg forward, a 73rd-minute substitute for Darlington Nagbe, chested down and poked home with his right foot from four yards.

In the 27th minute, Romell Quito’s team-best fifth goal of the current qualifying cycle put Honduras ahead, 1-0.  Alexander Lopez played a pass into the left side of the box for that evaded a slide tackle by U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez.  Quioto gained control  and curled right-footed shot from nine-yards out off the right post and into the net.

Honduras finished with 10 men after Henry Figueroa was assessed his second yellow card of the match three minutes into second-half stoppage time.

 
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