SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – The current version of the United States men’s soccer team is not the greatest in the program’s history, is not packed with world-beaters and is not especially confident right now.
But it has one critical and unshakable thing going for it.
It doesn’t give up.
Against Honduras on Tuesday evening, the Americans were outplayed, out-battled and, with five minutes to go, all but beaten. Until they weren’t.
With time running thin and Honduras deserving of its 1-0 lead things suddenly fell into place in such a way that might have saved the team’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
Christian Pulisic, the 18-year-old jewel of the squad, won a free kick after 85 minutes. Kellyn Acosta, another youngster, drilled it on goal and produced a desperate save. Defender Matt Besler hooked the rebound back into the middle, Jordan Morris headed it onward and Bobby Wood flicked it home with the outside of his right foot.