USA 4, Honduras 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Steve Snow’s third goal of the game in the 89th minute lifted the United States to a 4-3 victory over Honduras in an Olympics qualifying match Sunday.
With the win, the United States moved to 2-0 in the qualifying round and solidified its position for a run at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
The United States is battling with Honduras, Mexico and Canada for the right to participate in the Summer Games. The top two teams from the home-and- away qualifying series will go to Barcelona, with the winners being determined on a point basis for wins and ties.
Sunday’s home win, coupled with last month’s 2-1 victory over Mexico in Mexico City, gives the United States four points and the top spot in the series. The series continues later this month and in May.
″You have to win at home,″ U.S. head coach Lothar Osiander said. ″We simply couldn’t give up that point. We have to win every game we play here.″
Yari Allnutt had the other U.S. goal, while Brad Friedel picked up the victory in the nets. Honduras got two goals from Jose Luis Aguirre and one from Marco Vinicio Ortega in the losing effort.
Honduras got off to a quick start as Aguirre scored twice before the game was 20 minutes old to give his team a 2-0 lead. But Snow countered with two goals of his own to tie the score at 2-2 by halftime.
The United States took its first lead of the game at 3-2 when Allnutt scored at the 65 minute mark on assists from Cobi Jones and Dante Washington. But Ortega scored an unassisted goal off a defensive mixup 17 minutes later to tie it at 3-3.
After a controversial offsides call against Honduras, Friedel sent a free kick sailing into the Honduran end of the field. Snow was able to get control of the ball near the top of the box and get off a shot to complete his hat trick and give the U.S. a 4-3 advantage.
″I was happy to score the goals, but it’s more important that we get the two points,″ Snow said. ″We came back a couple of times and that showed a lot of character.″