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Highlights of Wednesday’s U.S. stinker, and a tip o’ the hat to Honduras

Feb 6, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

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This is a soccer blog based in the United States, where the content is weighted heavily toward coverage and conversation of domestic matters.

So most of the hot-talk on tonight’s World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula has been U.S.-centric, and unapologetically so. In a nutshell, it was a stinker.

But we really should tip the big Uncle Sam hat to Honduras. Roger Espinoza was an absolute midfield beast. (I keep saying, that guy was the real midfield force for Sporting KC last year, no offense to U.S. international Graham Zusi.)

Oscar Boniek Garcia was a difference maker, and not just for his contribution on the game-winning goal.

And how about the Honduran’s clever choice to play the match in the afternoon heat? The United States appeared zapped from the start. The two German-based outside backs looked like they wanted no part of motoring forward, and who could blame them? They weren’t going to have the legs or lungs to get back.

Michael Bradley, based in Italy (where it is cool and rainy in winter), had the rare off-night. Danny Williams had zero match impact, and the tough conditions must have been some contributing factor, at least.

And who will soon forget the real Honduran moment of genius, Juan Carlos Garcia’s splendid bicycle kick!

So, well done, sirs.

The teams will meet again in the United States on June 28.

Until then … here are Wednesday’s highlights:

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