McBride, Reyna Take Center Stage as U.S. Tops Honduras 4-0
FOXBORO, Mass. (Wednesday, June 2, 2004) — A pair of milestones were met this evening as the U.S. Men’s National Team topped Honduras 4-0 in their final tune-up match before World Cup qualifying begins on Sunday, June 13 in Columbus, Ohio, in the first of two games versus Grenada.
June 2, 2004
- U.S. Captain Claudio Reyna Becomes Seventh U.S. Player to Earn 100 Caps
- McBride Passes Joe-Max Moore for Second on U.S. Goal Scoring List with 25 Career Tallies
- Arena To Name Roster for World Cup Qualifiers Against Grenada Tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com
U.S. captain Claudio Reyna became the seventh U.S. player to record his 100th career cap, while forward Brian McBride passed Joe-Max Moore for second on the U.S. all-time scoring list with goals No. 24 and 25 of his career in the first half.
Reyna joins Jeff Agoos, Marcelo Balboa, Paul Caliguiri, Cobi Jones, Joe-Max Moore and Eric Wynalda in the 100-cap club. Following the game, Reyna’s No. 10 jersey was presented to Jack Huckel of the National Soccer Hall of Fame to commemorate the event.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard became the third U.S. goalkeeper in three games to record a shutout in his first appearance for the U.S. since the Confederations Cup last July. In all, the U.S. defense has not allowed a goal in the last 291 minutes.The U.S. got on the board first in the 22nd minute after Steve Cherundolo won a ball not far from the center circle, and played it in the middle to Chris Armas. Armas played a one-touch ball back to Cherundolo who had the entire right flank in front of him. After advancing the ball, he played a pinpoint cross to McBride just outside the six-yard box. McBride snapped a header to the opposite post past Honduras goalkeeper Hector Medina, who came on in the 15th minute for an injured Victor Coello.
McBride then moved into second place on the all-time scoring list in the 37th minute with a left-footed cracker. Reyna played a ball from the center of the field to Conor Casey, who then played the ball first-time with the outside of his right foot to free McBride on the right. McBride played the ball first time, driving inside the left post and high into the back of the net. He now trails only Eric Wynalda, who tallied 34 times in his 106-game National Team career. With the assist, Casey picked up his first point with the national team in his third appearance.
In the 40th minute, Honduras captain Amado Guevara was shown a red card after he swung his left arm and connected with the side of the head of U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley deep in the U.S. attacking end.Three subs came on for the U.S. to start the second half and the team took some time to gel before the U.S. got on the board again in the 77th minute. The U.S. won back-to-back corner kicks and on the second chance scored for a 3-0 lead. Reyna’s corner was knocked down in front of the goal by a Honduran defender. The ball went through the legs of a leaping Cory Gibbs, and then Eddie Lewis knocked home his sixth goal with the national team and first in more than two years from three yards off the goal line.
Four minutes later, Reyna put an exclamation point on his night with an assist on Tony Sanneh’s goal in the 81st minute. After Cherundolo was fouled on the right side just into the attacking third, Reyna swung a cross right onto the head of Sanneh who was making a far-post run before picking up his third career goal.
Honduras had just three solid scoring chances in the match, with the best coming in the first half when a Guevara free kick from 28-yards out bent just around the outside of the right post. In the 68th minute, Victor Mena dribbled through a tackle by Pablo Mastroeni and through the U.S. central defense, but his 18-yard shot missed wide of the right post by several feet. In the 87th minute, Howard finally was forced to make a save for the U.S. as he easily caught an Emil Martinez free kick directed right at him. With the USA’s second straight 4-0 victory over the “catrachos,” the U.S. improved to 5-2-3 against Honduras.
The U.S. begins CONCACAF World Cup qualifying June 13 against Grenada at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The match will be shown live on ESPN2 and Telemundo at 1 p.m. ET. The return leg of the two-game series will be played on Sunday, June 20 at the Cricket Ground in St. George’s, Grenada, live at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Telemundo.
Following the MNT World Cup qualifiers against Grenada, the U.S. will meet Poland in a domestic friendly on July 11 at Soldier Field in Chicago, live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT. Should the U.S. advance through their preliminary qualifying round, their six-game, four-team semifinal round competition will begin in August.
-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match-up: USA vs. Honduras
Date: June 2, 2004
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, Mass.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 64 degrees; clear, pleasant
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 2 4
Honduras 0 0 0
USA – Brian McBride (Steve Cherundolo) 22nd minute.
USA – Brian McBride (Conor Casey) 37.
USA – Eddie Lewis (unassisted) 77.
USA – Tony Sanneh (Claudio Reyna) 81.
USA: 13-Tim Howard; 6- Steve Cherundolo, 22-Tony Sanneh, 4-Carlos Bocanegra (12-Cory Gibbs, 72), 3-Greg Vanney (15-Bobby Convey, 46); 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 14-Chris Armas (25-Pablo Mastroeni, 46), 21-Landon Donovan, 17-DaMarcus Beasley (7-Eddie Lewis, 46); 20-Brian McBride, 9-Conor Casey (8-Earnie Stewart, 63).
Subs not used: 24-Jonny Walker.
HON: 25-Victor Coello (1-Hector Medina, 15); 6-Milton Palacios (24-Victor Bernardez, 46), 2-Nery Medina, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 23-Mauricio Sabillon (17-Roy Posas, 73), 16-Victor Mena, 20-Amado Guevara (capt.), 12-Maynor Suazo, 14-Wilson Palacios (5-Elmer Marin, 63); 9-Carlos Pavon (11-Milton Nunez, 59), 8-Jerry Palacios (13-Emil Martinez, 46).
Subs not used: 4-Junior Izaguirre, 15-Elkin Gonzalez, 21-Wilmer Velasquez.
Stats Summary: USA HON
Shots 14 6
Saves 1 3
Corner Kicks 10 2
Fouls 19 11
Offsides 2 1
HON – Amado Guevara (ejection) 40th minute.
HON – Maynor Suazo (caution) 65.
HON – Maynor Figueroa (caution) 74.
Referee: Mr. Rodolfo Sibrian (SLV)
1st Asst.: Mr. Raul Cardona (SLV)
2nd Asst.: Mr. Mauricio Del Sid (SLV)
Fourth Official: Mr. Arkdiusz Prus (USA)
Chevrolet Man of the Match: Brian McBride