LOS ANGELES - The United States suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Honduras on Saturday in a game in which both team's fielded largely second string teams.
Bob Bradley's side, without their leading players from Europe, fell behind in the 19th minute to a penalty converted by Carlos Pavon after a foul by Jimmy Conrad.
Conrad was sent off for the offence, leaving the U.S. with 10 men for the majority of the game and Hondurans took full advantage.
Jerry Palacios headed home a Pavon cross in the 37th minute and then Roger Espinoza made it 3-0 in the 53rd for Honduras, who have qualified for their first World Cup since 1982.
The Americans regained some pride when second-half substitute Clarence Goodson headed in a Brad Davis corner at the far post.
The U.S. will play a friendly against El Salvador in February and then face Netherlands away in March as part of their preparations for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.comments