Oscar Boniek Garcia's goal with about 12 minutes left in regulation lifted Honduras to a 2-1 win over the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier Wednesday in steamy San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
It was the first match of the final round of regional qualifying for both teams -- and the loss marked the first time the U.S. has lost its CONCACAF opener
Garcia converted a deft pass from Jerry Bengtson, with Honduras taking advantage of miscues from U.S. defenders Geoff Cameron and Omar Gonzalez. Cameron and Gonzalez were playing together for the first time on a backline that averaged 24 years of age after U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann elected to go with youth by benching former captain Carlos Bocanegra.
Even so, the result was a fair one since Honduras dominated play throughout.
The U.S. drew first blood with Jermaine Jones sending a soft chip forward for Clint Dempsey, whose right-footed volley cleared keeper Noel Valladares to give the Americans a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.