USMNT faces World Cup qualification woes

United States’ men’s national team’s last three games have all come against countries ranked outside of the top 10.

Their last two away games have been against Honduras and Paraguay. 

Ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Honduras on Friday and Paraguayan on Sunday, the U.S. is looking to end the current three-game winning streak and earn a berth into the tournament for the first time since 2012. 

“We’re not going to give up this goal, we’re not getting this result.

And we’re still going to work hard and work to keep working to get the result,” said USMND head coach Bruce Arena. 

Honduras’ 3-0 loss to the United States in Honduras on Thursday, which was the first of four in a row in the series, saw the Honduran defense collapse. 

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L had the first goal in the 11th minute when defender Miguel Velazquez ran onto the ball and was awarded a penalty kick. 

But the USMUT did not make a single save in the first half and it took just five minutes for Honduras to take a lead. 

Lionel Perez then hit a shot that was cleared by goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez and found the top corner. 

After that, the US took a 1-0 lead.

A penalty kick by goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann gave the United a 1,038-all scoreline with 19 minutes left in the half. 

With the score at 1-1, Velazques goal was not enough to overcome Honduras goalkeeper Ricardo Lares, who was able to clear a corner kick.

Honduras came back with two goals in the 69th minute to tie the score again. 

In the 74th minute, Velasquez scored a goal of his own, but the US goalkeeper could not get the ball into his goal and it was awarded to the Honduras defense. 

USMUT took a 2-1 lead in the 77th minute with another Perez goal. 

This time, Klinsman took a penalty on the ensuing corner kick and goalkeeper Luis Perez was able take the save. 

However, the score remained at 1,000-all after the U-20 national team was given the ball in the 89th minute. 

At halftime, the Americans looked like they were making the most of the opportunity. 

They scored two more goals in under 15 minutes to push the lead to 2-2. 

Klinsmann, in his final game as head coach of the U20 national side, came up short in his team’s match against Costa Rica on Wednesday. 

Costa Rica, which finished with a 0-0 draw, was the only team to earn a draw against the U16s in the tournament. 

Despite the U19s’ disappointing performance, Klismann said he will not make any drastic changes to his team this weekend. 

He is confident the US will earn a place in the quarterfinals.

“I think the biggest thing is the fact that we’re the only ones in the top four and I think we can make some big plays,” Klisman said.

“I think we’ve got a lot of talent and we’ll keep on working hard and we’re going to come out here and we can compete.” 

The final match of the tournament is Friday against Honduras, which the U15s beat 3-1 on Wednesday to become the second team to qualify for the knockout stages. 

Here is how the US squad stands heading into the World Cup: Goalkeepers: Victor Rodriguez (Honduran), Jonathan Klis-mann (USMNT) Defenders: Miguel Velasques (HONDUAN), Victor Quintero (HONGO), Jonathan Rodriguez (Santos Laguna), Jonathan Perez (SANTOS LAGUNA) Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Tijuana), Darlington Nagbe (Colorado Rapids), Christian Pulisic (D.C., United States) Forwards: Kellyn Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Kyle Becklin (Houston Dynamo), Kellyn Foegele (Portland Timbers), Dom Dwyer (Chicago Fire)