MIAMI (AP) — Clint Dempsey scored in the 36th minute and Tim Howard made several nice saves to help lift the U.S. Men's National Team past Honduras 1-0 on Saturday night and give the team its first victory in four games under coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
The U.S. had scored once while going 0-2-1 in Klinsmann's first three games as coach.
Offensively speaking, the U.S. gave indication it was making strides in adapting to Klinsmann's system in this international friendly. Howard made up for a few defensive lapses.
The U.S. had several scoring chances in the first half, during which a frog was seen on the wet field.
Dempsey's goal — his 23rd career tally — gave the U.S. a 1-0 halftime lead.
Brek Shea's centering pass from the right corner got past several players, touching Michael Orozco Fiscal, before Dempsey took the ball toward the top of the box. He moved the ball from his right foot to his left and fired a shot high past Donis Escobar into the left corner.
Dempsey appeared to have scored on a header in the 84th minute but the play was ruled offside.
Goalkeeper Howard stopped two shots on goal in the first half.
In the 18th minute, Honduras' Jerry Bengston broke in alone on Howard and let go a shot from the top of the box. Then in the 26th minute, Howard made a diving save of a straight-on, left-footed shot by Carlos Costly from well beyond the box.
Howard also stopped a shot from Boniek Garcia, who fired from the left corner in the 52nd minute.
Oguchi Onyewu squandered a scoring chance in the 66th minute when he volleyed a rebound over the crossbar. Escobar had made a save on Dempsey and the ball landed at Onyewu's feet.
The U.S. team played without Landon Donovan (strained right quadriceps) and midfielder Stuart Holden (knee).
Danny Williams earned his first cap. The 22-year-old is the son of a U.S. Serviceman and a German mother and recently had his U.S. citizenship certfiied.
Notes: The U.S. will play Ecuador at Harrison, N.J., on Tuesday night. The U.S. played in South Florida for the first time since 2004. Carlos Bocanegra and Howard are the only players to start all four games under Klinsmann.
- Tim Howard
- Clint Dempsey