Feb 6 (Reuters) - The United States suffered a 2-1 defeat to Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Wednesday in the opening game of their CONCACAF World Cup final qualifying round.
Clint Dempsey put the U.S. ahead in the 35th minute but a brilliant bicycle kick from Juan Carlos Garcia brought Honduras level four minutes later.
Honduras dominated the second half and went ahead in the 78th minute when striker Jerry Bengtson took advantage of some woeful defending and slotted into an empty net.
The U.S. return to action against Costa Rica in Denver on March 22 as they look to secure one of the three automatic qualification spots from CONCACAF for the finals in Brazil next year. (Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Frank Pingue)
PST: Should the winners of the Europa League be awarded a spot in the following season’s Champions League? That is the question that UEFA, Europe’s soccer governing body, will likely answer in the affirmative on Friday.
Beckham says bye
Images of David Beckham's celebrated soccer career, both on the field and off it as a global icon.
Video: Soccer from NBC Sports
The Hype: Is there room for two MLS teams in New York?
Michele Beadle and guests weigh in on New York City FC, a partnership between English Premier League club Manchester City and Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. Is the instant crosstown rival to the Eastern Conference-leading New York Red Bulls a lucrative-only idea?
Latest from ProSoccerTalk
US U-18 squad in action in Portugal1 hr 22 min ago
Toronto FC secures four Canadian national team callups1 hr 53 min ago
Berlin lands first Champions League final4 hr 1 min ago
Anyone else think Bayern Munich is playing dirty?4 hr 25 min ago
Titus Bramble on his way to MLS5 hr 18 min ago
Just for kicks: Soccer WAGs
Take a look at soccer wives and girlfriends from all over the world.