The United States rolled to a 6-0 win over Honduras on Friday night to take their first three points of the final round of World Cup qualifying. It was a huge win that has the Americans back on track in their quest to make the World Cup.
Which players shone brightest for the Americans?
This one is a gimme. He scored a hat trick and was named Man of the Match, but even that doesn't give the 34-year-old enough credit.
Not only was Dempsey dealing with a heart condition just months ago that put his career in doubt, but all three of the forward's goals were pretty special. The work to chest the ball down, hold off a defender and finish on his first goal was incredible. The second goal was a smart run and showed his patience in rounding the goalkeeper. Finally, he spotted the goalkeeper cheating and hit a brilliant free kick to wrap up the hat trick.
It was a special night for Dempsey on a lot of levels.
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Dempsey scored a hat trick and there's an argument to be made that Pulisic was even better. He had a goal of his own and three assists as he keyed the entire U.S. attack. His passing sprung Dempsey repeatedly, and he even drew the foul for his free kick. With better finishing, Pulisic could have had five or six assists.
It's easy to forget that Pulisic is just 18 years old, but he's so good that it doesn't need to be qualified by his age. He's terrific for any age.
Villafana may not have been the Americans' third best player, but he was probably the nicest surprise. The left back was steady as could be, turning away Honduras' would-be forays forward and he completed every single pass he attempted in the first half.
Considering the problems the Americans have had at left back for more than a decade now, finding a dependable one would be huge for the team. They may have found that in Villafana. He was up to the task on this night.