SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A day before the United States systematically annihilated Honduras 6-0 in Friday's high-stakes World Cup qualifying match, coach Bruce Arena was asked to describe the mood of his squad.
"The mood is we'd like to be playing right now," he responded.
It showed. The hosts were relentless from the opening whistle, taking an early lead on Sebastian Lletget's first international goal and going on to triple their advantage to make the outcome a formality with almost an hour still left...
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The U.S. men's national team got its World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 6-0 shellacking of Honduras on Friday night. Clint Dempsey led the way with a hat trick, while the U.S. also received goals from Sebastian Lletget, Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic.
Here are three thoughts on a massive performance from the U.S.:
1. U.S. gets some relief after big win
This was a night when just about everything went right for Bruce Arena's side. The U.S. scored...
MEXICO CITY -- Three thoughts from an historic night for Mexican football, as Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez levels Jared Borgetti's Mexico scoring record in El Tri's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica. The win moves Mexico into first place in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
1. Hernandez's historic night
Hernandez hadn't scored a goal for the Mexico national team in nine months, but Friday was was the perfect opportunity. Borgetti struck 46 times for El Tri in 89 appearances,...
DORTMUND, Germany -- Three quick thoughts from Germany's 1-0 win over England in an international friendly.
1. Podolski claims spotlight against positive England
It probably did not need Lukas Podolski's stunning goal on his final performance for Germany to remind England of the old adage that form is temporary and class is permanent, but a promising display by Gareth Southgate's players was put into proper context by the 31-year-old's spectacular, match-winning strike.
MANCHESTER, England -- Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool players were breathing hard as the final whistle blew in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City. With the point they gained at the Etihad Stadium, Klopp's team move four clear of fifth-placed Manchester United in the race for Champions League qualification.
(For the record, Pep Guardiola's home side were similarly drained, but given that they arrived back in Manchester on Thursday from a draining Champions League defeat against Monaco the previous evening,...