Ricardo Pepi ignites a comeback for the United States men’s soccer team against Honduras.
Ricardo Pepi of the US Men’s National Team scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute to lead the US to a 4-1 victory against Honduras in a World Cup qualifier at San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
In the 4-1 triumph at Metropolitan Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, Antonee Robinson, Brenden Aaronson, and Sebastian Lletget also scored.
With a header in the 27th minute, forward Brayan Moya gave Honduras a 1-0 lead. Diego Rodriguez, a left back, assisted the goal with a pass through the US box.
Honduras led for the majority of the first half. Three minutes into the second half, Robinson scored the equalizer. Pepi, the second-youngest player to play for the United States in a World Cup qualifier, contributed to the goal.
In the 48th minute, Pepi flicked a pass back to Robinson from within the Honduran box. The left winger used his first touch to curl a shot past Luis Lopez of Honduras into the right side of the net.
With less than 20 minutes left in regulation, Pepi put the Americans ahead. DeAndre Yedlin, a center midfielder, received the ball on the right flank to begin the play. He kept the ball under control and lofted a cross into the area.
Pepi leapt into the midst of the throng and slammed a shot into the right corner of the net.
Aaronson scored again in the 86th minute to give the Americans a 3-1 lead. Pepi also contributed to the goal.
The 18-year-old ran down the right flank after stealing the ball near midfield. He then passed a pass to Aaronson, who blasted a shot from around 15 yards into the net.
In the third minute of stoppage time, Lletget scored his final goal. During that play, Pepi attempted a shot, but it was blocked by Lopez. From point-blank range, Lletget tapped in the rebound.
At 7:30 p.m. EDT on Oct. 7, the United States men take on Jamaica in the final round of World Cup qualification at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas.
They are tied for second position in their group, which is led by Mexico, with Canada and Panama.
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