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What Happened Last Night: The United States Lost To Honduras In Soccer, TCU Upset Kansas


Don’t receive beIN in your normal cable package? Then you probably couldn’t watch the U.S. take on Honduras in their opening World Cup qualifier for 2014. And it’s a good thing, too.

The United States lost its first World Cup qualifier to Honduras.

Now, this wasn’t as big an upset as it sounds; Honduras did make the last World Cup in 2010, and the United States were playing on the road in one of the most hostile environments in the world. And we mean this literally, because the location of the match, San Pedro Sula, is considered to be the most dangerous city in the world. That would probably explain these fences.

After taking the lead on a beautiful goal by Clint Dempsey in the 36th minute, Honduras responded four minutes later with a goal of their own on a bicycle kick. Bicycle! Juan Carlos Garcia arrowed the ball straight into the top corner of the goal, and United States keeper Tim Howard literally stood there and put his hands over his mouth. It was an unbelievable finish.

But then, the real shocker: in the 79th minute, a severe breakdown at the back by the United States occurred when Oscar Boniek Garcia and Tim Howard chased after a ball at the top of the box. Garcia made it to the ball first and tapped it towards the middle; meanwhile, the outstretch foot of trailing defender Timmy Chandler couldn’t quite reach the ball. But the worst part came when United States central defender Omar Gonzalez lollygagged towards the ball, and Jerry Bengston of Honduras glided in for the easy tap-in goal. 11 minutes later, it was over. Honduras 2, United States 1. As much as the U.S. would like to blame their misfortune on playing without Landon Donovan, this one still should have been a win.

TCU upset Kansas, who played a horrible first half.

13 points. That’s all Kansas scored in the first half. TCU only had 22 at that point in the game, but TCU’s defense isn’t particularly imposing. Not to mention that Kansas coming in was the 5th ranked team in the nation. Still, it took the Jayhawks seven minutes and 17 seconds to even score a single point. And even then, when the team had finally entered the scoring column, not much changed from there. Here’s what Bill Self had to say on that offensive output in the first half:

“‘It was the worst team that Kansas ever put on the floor, since Dr. Naismith was there,’ coach Bill Self said.’”

Ouch. That’s like, a lot of years. TCU eventually won 62-55, and Kansas never truly got close. They did have a couple of spurts in the second half, but timely three after timely three killed any real Jayhawks rally. This marks the second straight loss for the Jayhawks, who fell to Oklahoma State four days earlier – and it marks the first time since January 2006 that Kansas has suffered consecutive losses.

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