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U.S., Honduras friendly ends in stalemate

Honduras' Mario Martinez (left) and Alfredo Morales of the USA battle for possession during their friendly on October 14, 2014, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

BOCA RATON, Florida -- Maynor Figueroa scored in the 86th minute to lift visiting Honduras to a 1-1 draw with the United States in an international friendly at FAU Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Hull City defender headed in a right-sided free kick by second-half substitute Mario Martinez, sending the U.S. to a second deadlock in five days.  Ecuador tied the Americans by the same score on Friday thanks to an Enner Valencia goal with two minutes left in normal time.

Jozy Altidore, who grew up in this southern Florida city, gave the host a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute as the host took advantage of a Honduras error.  Mix Diskerud intercepted a short pass and quickly fed Michael Bradley, who found Altidore on the left side. The Sunderland forward fended off defender Victor Bernardez and fired a 15-yard shot to the near post past goalkeeper Donis Escober. It was Altidore's 24th international goal, tying him with Joe-Max Moore for fifth on the all-time U.S. goal-scoring list.

The Hondurans nearly equalized three minutes later, when a header by 18-year-old forward Alberth Elis – playing in his second international – went over the crossbar.

Nick Rimando, the USA’s third goalkeeper at the World Cup, almost gifted the Catrachos a goal in the 19th minute.  His short clearance landed on the left side at the feet of Andy Najar, whose subsequent chip from 30 yards sailed high.

In the 90th minute, Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra replaced Diskerud to become the first North American Soccer League player in the modern era to win a cap for the United States.

Honduras, which lost 2-0 to Mexico on Thursday, will return to action at Japan on November 14.  The U.S. will face Croatia two days earlier in London.

 

 
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