United States 4, Honduras 3
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) _ Alexi Lalas and Steve Snow scored two minutes apart midway through the second half, and Dante Washington scored with three minutes left Sunday as the U.S. Olympic team rallied to beat Honduras 4-3.
The United States (3-0) needs a maximum of two points from its final three games to qualify for its third consecutive Olympics. The United States plays Mexico (0-1-1) next Sunday at Bethlehem, Pa.
Two teams will advance to the Barcelona Games from the final round of qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region. Canada (0-0-2) is second with two points, followed by Mexico and Honduras (0-2-1) with one point each. Olympic soccer is limited to players under 23 years of age, and 16 teams qualify for the finals.
With the United States trailing 3-1 and 25 minutes left, Lalas scored on an eight-yard header off a cross from Joe-Max Moore. Snow tied the score two minutes later with his fourth goal in three games.
Washington, an occasional U.S. national team player who is a senior at Radford, ran under a punt from goalkeeper Bruce Friedel and beat goalkeeper Luis Lopez.
″When I looked up, all I saw was myself and the goalkeeper,″ the 21-year- old Washington said. ″Then a defender came from behind. I never stopped. I pushed it forward, tapped it with the outside of my right foot and it went over the goalkeeper.
Playing before approximately 25,000 fans, Vinicio Ortega gave Honduras the lead in the third minute and Luis Aguirre made it 2-0 with five minutes left in the first half. Claudio Reyna pulled the U.S. team within a goal two minutes after that, but Aguirre scored his second goal seven minutes into the second half.
″We have big hearts,″ U.S. coach Lothar Osiander said. ″And we won’t ever give up even if we’re down by one or two goals. I’m really proud of these men.″
The United States had beaten Honduras 4-3 on April 5 at Fenton, Mo.