Clint Dempsey scored the winning goal as Jurgen Klinsmann grabbed his first win as coach of the United States with a 1-0 win over Honduras in Miami over night.
The Fulham midfielder scored his 23rd international goal in the 36th minute of a tight friendly, producing a lovely bit of skill to find some space in the penalty area and drill Brek Shea’s cross into the net. The USA were indebted to some fine saves from Everton’s Tim Howard as they held onto that narrow advantage.
Dempsey said afterwards:
I didn’t know if the ball was going to come through, I got a little lucky. I took my time. I was going to take it with my right foot but saw it was going to be blocked, so I pulled it back to my left and couldn’t have hit it any sweeter.
The Texan thought he had made the game safe with a late header, but his goal was incorrectly chalked off for offside.
The USA continue their build-up to their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with a friendly against Ecuador on Tuesday night in New Jersey.
Watch Clint Dempsey’s strike below: