If you listened to the press talking about the US National Team games this week you would have thought World Cup Qualifying had begun early for the US. Everyone has been saying Jurgen Klinsmann needs a win like it's the single most important thing on the planet.
The fact of the matter is that these are friendlies and no matter how good you look or how impressive the opponent, wins in friendlies don't mean a whole lot. Klinsmann has only had the job for only two months and instead of talking about the new system or the new players he has tried to bring in the main point of topic is the fact that in the previous three friendlies only one goal had been scored and no wins had been attained.
Tonight in Miami the US won their first game in the Klinsmann era with a 1-0 win against Honduras and with a game in Red Bull Stadium against Ecuador on Tuesday Klinsmann can breathe a little easier as he now has a good win against a good opponent and can take away a lot of positives as well. As is usually the case with most friendlies both sides did not field their best eleven and some players such as Landon Donovan of the US and Wilson Palacious of Honduras were not even there. Weather was also a factor as rain and strong wind gusts were a factor in the game.
Honduras started out brighter and should have went ahead had it not been for Tim Howard's strong performance in goal. As has been the case most of the time he has played for the USA Timothy Chandler was excellent at left back (though he prefers to play on the right side) and in his first ever match with the US Hoffenheim's Danny Williams had a solid outing. Kyle Beckerman, Brek Shea, and Jozy Altidore were also good but Clint Dempsey is showing why he should be playing for a better side then Fulham as he scored a Marvelous goal and should have had another if not for a poor call when his headed goal was disallowed.
It wasn't all good for the US as Michael Orozco showed he doesn't have the ability to cope at this level for the most part the central defense looked shaky. There were also comical misses by Brek Shea and Oguchi Onywu which should have made the score more comfortable then it really was. For Klinsmann a monkey(although not a huge one) has been taken off his back and he can relax a little more.
With June less then a year away time is still on Klinsmann's side as he decides who is going to be a part of his roster for World Cup Qualifying but at least now he doesn't have to worry about a US Soccer press asking when are you going to get that first win?