2009 Gold Cup semi-final: U.S. v. Honduras

For the second time during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. men’s national soccer team played Honduras, this time it was in the tournament’s semi-final match, July 23, 2009.  Below is a live blog via my twitter account: Topper18 recapping the highlights and some of my thoughts on the match.  The hash tag used for this match is #USMNT, meaning U.S. men’s national team.

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Robbie Rogers, center, takes on two Honduran defenders (Photo: livesoccertv.com)

7:07 p.m. – Match is about to start, Bradley brought in Parkhurst for this one, but to sit the bench? #USMNT

7:16 p.m. – I understand it’s cold in Chi, but Soldier Field is bigger than RFK, and its seems dead there…makes me appreciate good ole RFK #USMNT

7:27 p.m. – #USMNT looking out of sync early, Honduras is playing physical and look ready…translation = bad start.

7:47 p.m. – Starting to show a little more pace and better tempo, smart foul by Pause, the yellow was questionable though #USMNT

7:51 p.m. – Good free kick by Holden, right at the goalie though… #USMNT slowly starting to show life.

7:53 p.m. – GOAL!!! by Goodsen, header off the Holden corner. I take back everything about Parkhurst starting over Goodsen. 1-0 #USMNT

7:59 p.m. – 1-0 at Half. Substitution idea: Quaranta for Pause, move Holden inside? #USMNT

8:10 p.m. – Second half: we’re under way. No subs. #USMNT

8:12 p.m. – Rogers looking a lot stronger as the game progresses. Holden header not strong enough. Good start to the half. #USMNT

8:30 p.m. – Rogers takes a shot to the head…a little scary after what happened to Conrad. He seems okay though. #USMNT

8:40 p.m. – 15 minutes left, Honduras isn’t going to back down. Some sort of fresh legs for the #USMNT would good right now.

8:42 p.m. – Apparently Bradley got the message, a little surprised it’s Rogers coming off. Quaranta on, Holden to the left wing now. #USMNT

8:43 p.m. – That’s what we in the business call a dive…yellow for Costly #USMNT

8:50 p.m. – HUGE save by Perkins, and a block by Heaps after. Still 1-0, less than 10 minutes to go. #USMNT

8:51 p.m. – Cooper on for Arnaud. A little strange, thought this would be a defensive sub. #USMNT

8:54 p.m. – Chad Marshall narrowly misses a header to cap a great defensive effort. #USMNT

8:55 p.m. – GOAL!!! Good sequence. Ching drops to Holden who finds Cooper across the net 2-0 U.S., 2 assists for Holden tonight. #USMNT

8:59 p.m. – On to the finals! 2-0 U.S. over Honduras. Good match, got better as it went on… #USMNT

10:55 p.m. – New Post: On To the Finals, U.S. Defeats Honduras, 2-0 http://tinyurl.com/mhqc9f

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