A U.S. Bounce-back in Chicago

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

The U.S. soccer team was coming off a horrible performance, needing points against Honduras to solidify their chances of qualifying for the World Cup Finals in South Africa next summer. They got the job done.

The US men's soccer team basically won an away game at home. The crowd at Soldier Field was loudly partisan, in favor of the visitors.


Maybe the Americans are back on track. They toughed it out to come from behind against a stronger-than-expected side from Honduras. They went down by a goal just five minutes in, and it looked like it might be another disaster like the Costa Rica game.

Not this time. The American played like we know they can. The pressed hard and worked hard. They clearly didn't want this one to get away. All the determination that was absent in Costa Rica was there in Chicago.

Landon Donovan drew the U.S level from the penalty spot just before half time.

In the second half they took the lead on a brave diving header, through a forest of flailing limbs just a yard or two from the goal line. Carlos Bocanegra's goal was enough to complete the comeback.

Final score, 2-1.  Final thought, that's more like it.

Next world cup qualifier, in August, away against a struggling Mexico team. Maybe their struggle will last one more game.

So I'll appeal to all of you once again.  Let's all get behind our team.  The World Cup Finals tournament starts in one year and five days. Let's hope our team is part of it.

We'll talk again soon.


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