USA concedes another late goal, settles for 1-1 draw with Honduras
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. allowed victory to slip away in the final minutes for the second time in five days, this time spoiling what would have been a storybook homecoming for Jozy Altidore.
Maynor Figueroa scored off a header in the 86th minute, pulling Honduras into a 1-1 tie against the Americans in an exhibition game Tuesday night that followed nearly the same script as Friday's match against Ecuador.
Altidore, who grew up in Boca Raton, scored in the 10th minute for his 24th international goal, tying Joe-Max Moore for fifth place on the career list. Mix Diskerud intercepted a pass, and Michael Bradley sent a long ball from the center circle. Altidore chested it down, took two touches and beat goalkeeper Donis Escobar to his near post with a 15-yard, right-footed shot.
Figueroa scored when got away from Jermaine Jones and jumped to beat goalkeeper Nick Rimando with a short header off Mario Martinez's free kick from a flank in the 86th minute following Diskerud's foul. Figueroa's goal was his fourth in 109 international appearances. The U.S. allowed Enner Valencia's 88th-minute goal in a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Friday in Connecticut; Diskerud had put the Americans ahead in the fifth minute of Landon Donovan's farewell match.
Altidore, who missed most of the World Cup after injuring a hamstring early in the opener against Ghana, was in the middle of a great chance two minutes before his goal. He moved with the ball in space on the left side of the penalty area and crossed toward Clint Dempsey. But the pass was slightly behind Dempsey, who sent a shot outside the far post.
The game drew 14,805 to Florida Atlantic Stadium, which was about half full. The Americans are now 14-4-4 all-time against Honduras, which lost to France, Ecuador and Switzerland at the World Cup.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann changed six starters, giving Jones a start at central defense paired with Matt Besler. Jones, who started in midfield during the last World Cup cycle, will be 36 by the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Dempsey, Bradley, Jones, Besler and Rimando were among the new starters in the 4-4-2, joined by Graham Zusi. Bradley played in an attacking role at the top of the midfield diamond. Minnesota United's Miguel Ibarra made his national team debut in the 90th minute, becoming the first player to appear for the national team from an American second-division team since at least 2005.
The U.S. likely will play Croatia at London's Craven Cottage on Nov. 12, six days before facing Ireland in Dublin in the final games of 2014.
Here's how Tuesday's match unfolded: