SEATTLE, Wash. (Saturday, March 2, 2002) — The U.S. Men’s National Team downed Honduras today 4-0 in a dominating offensive performance in front of an enthusiastic, pro-American crowd of 38,534 at SAFECO Field today in Seattle, Washington. Forward Clint Mathis, starting his first game for the U.S. in almost a year, and 19-year-old Landon Donovan each scored twice to lead the United States.
The United States continued a series of strong performances this year, improving their 2002 record to 5-1-1. Led by Lacey, Wash. native Kasey Keller, the stingy U.S. defense has posted five shutouts. The dual two-goal performances marked the first time the U.S. had multiple-goal scorers in the same game since Dec. 5, 1993 (a 7-0 win over El Salvador), a span of 144 games.
“I thought it was a good effort. We had a good afternoon," said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. "We're playing well, and when we get everybody healthy and on the field at the same time and together for an extended period of time, we can be a dangerous team."
Mathis got the U.S. on the board in the 14th minute, finishing with a well-placed header into the lower left corner of the goal after McBride had headed a Jeff Agoos free kick back across the goalmouth. Mathis’ second goal also came off the head of McBride, this time after Eddie Lewis had hit an excellent cross from the left flank into the area where the U.S. forward dove away from the goal to flick it onto the far post for a simple tap in for Mathis. The two-goal game was the first for Mathis in a U.S. jersey, as was Donovan’s double strike.
“I’m coming out of rehab and getting more in shape, said Mathis. "This game was good for my confidence. If you had to ask me for a percentage, I’m only at 90 percent. I just need to keep playing some games."
On each of Donovan’s goals, he showed amazing composure by dribbling through the area and around Honduras goalkeeper Victor Coello. In the 44th minute, he finished a strong run from Chris Armas, who stole a ball in midfield and dribbled the length of the field before slotting a perfectly weighted ball into the area for an on-rushing Donovan, who finished neatly after carrying the ball nearly to the endline past Coello.
Donovan’s second goal, and his fourth overall for the U.S., came on a long breakway dribble in which he expertly kept the ball away from two Honduras defenders before beating the belabored Honduras goalkeeper.
U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller made a stellar save on the only quality chance of the match for Honduras, a breakaway by Saul Martinez in the 28th minute. Playing in front of his hometown fans, Keller improved his unbeaten record on U.S. soil to a remarkable 12-0-4 since 1998. In the atacking end, Brian McBride picked up two well-earned assists in the match, and now has an impressive four goals and two assists in just six games in 2002.
The U.S. next moves onto Birmingham, Alabama to meet fellow World Cup finalists Ecuador at Legion Field on Sunday, March 10. The nationally televised match, broadcast live on ABC and Telemundo and the Futbol de Primera radio network, kicks off at 3 p.m. CT. The match will provide one of the last crucial opportunities for players competing to make the 23-man roster for the FIFA World Cup this summer. After travelling to Germany on March 27, the team returns to the United States to meet regional rivals Mexico at INVESCO Field in Denver on April 3.
— U.S. Men's National Team Game Report —
Participants: USA vs. Honduras
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: SAFECO Field – Seattle, Wash.
Date: March 2, 2002 – 1 p.m. PT kick-off
Weather: 52 degrees; sunny, cold
Scoring Summary: 1 - 2 - F
USA 2 - 2 - 4
Honduras 0 - 0 - 0
USA – Clint Mathis (Brian McBride) 14th minute.
USA – Landon Donovan (Chris Armas) 44.
USA – Clint Mathis (Brian McBride) 59.
USA – Landon Donovan (Brian West) 67.
USA – 18-Kasey Keller (Capt.); 12-Jeff Agoos (7-Eddie Lewis, 46), 23-Eddie Pope, 25-Pablo Mastroeni, 8-Richard Mulrooney; 14-Chris Armas (6-Bobby Convey, 62), 19-DaMarcus Beasley (16-Richie Williams, 62), 10-Brian Maisonneuve (17-Brian West, 46), 21-Landon Donovan; 9-Clint Mathis (11-Jeff Cunningham, 67), 20-Brian McBride.
Subs not used: 1-Tim Howard, 2-Carlos Llamosa,
HON – 1-Victor Coello; 3- David Carcamo, 5-Sergio Mendoza, 6-Jaime Rosales, 14-Rony Morales; 7-Robel Bernardez (2-Oscar Bonilla, 81), 8-Jose Luis Pineda (Capt.), 15-Edgar Alvarez, 19-Daniel Turcios (4-Junior Izaguirre, 89); 18-Saul Martinez (16-Jerry Palacios, 80), 21-Limberth Perez (10-Cesar Obando, 61).
Subs not used: 17-Christian Martinez, 25-Ricardo Canales.
Statistical Summary: USA HON
Shots 11 - 3
Saves 1 - 4
Corner Kicks 3 - 3
Fouls 14 - 16
Offside 3 - 2
USA – Landon Donovan (caution) 45th minute.
HON – Jose Luis Pineda (caution) 57.
HON – Saul Martinez (caution) 78.
Referee: Jerry Proctor (CAN)
Assistant Referee: Simon Fearn (CAN)
Assistant Referee: Martin Reed (CAN)
4th Official: Ricardo Valenzuela (USA)
Chevrolet Man of the Match: Landon Donovan