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USMNT annihilate Honduras 6-0 in thrilling World Cup Qualifier at Avaya

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"I look forward to seeing how he reacts in these next two games". "And you can't just say it, and that's going to happen. He keeps to himself", Howard said.

Dempsey, who has 55 worldwide goals, connected in the 32nd minute for a 3-0 lead and added goals in the 49th and 54th.

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Team USA jumped in front quickly when Altidore chipped a pass over the top of the defense for Pulisic, who was racing into the box.

The U.S. went ahead when Jozy Altidore picked up a loose ball and on his second try poked the ball ahead to Pulisic.

United States players warm up during a training session in preparation for a World Cup qualifying soccer match Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in San Jose, Calif.

Despite that track record, the US knows all too well the challenges road qualifiers can present. He drew an unnecessary yellow card in the 25th minute and was victimized twice in the dying minutes of the first half when Honduras was still trying to make a game of it. Alvarado was issued a yellow card, and Lletget came up limping.

Head coach Bruce Arena did not envision Dempsey in a starting role when he named his squad, but that change quick after injuries to Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris.

Bradley added to the lead with a spectacular strike in the 27th minute. Pulisic made it possible with a scoop pass. Dempsey settled it with his right shoulder and, while falling, unleashed a venomous shot into the top of the net.

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Since the Hex format was adopted in 1998, only one team has lost its first two matches and gone on to qualify for the World Cup - Trinidad and Tobago in 2006. At an age when many past US players were finishing high school or starting college, he already has four goals in 12 worldwide appearances, and he has become close with national team regulars, mentioning Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya.

Just after halftime, Pulisic and Dempsey both scored from close range before Dempsey powered in a free-kick screamer. It didn't matter. Dempsey slammed it into the upper right corner.

Showing poise beyond his years, Pulisic agreed with Arena that he has only begun to scratch the surface of his talents, and the combination of big club games with worldwide appearances will only increase his effectiveness.

The top three teams in the group qualify automatically for Russian Federation while the fourth-placed side goes into a playoff with a team from the Asian conference.

Bruce Arena was brought in to patch up the United States' faltering World Cup qualification campaign.

It was utter annihilation by the end of the ninety minutes, a most propitious beginning to Arena's tenure as coach and cathartic experience for national team fans. However, the USA was without two players who likely would have started, midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson (thigh) and forward Bobby Wood (back).

The only late scare the USA would get would be from defender John Brooks, who was subbed out in the 70th minute after a dizzying spell behind the play. "If he steps on the field, he'll contribute", Arena said. He should be able to recover in the next couple days.

The second of those two losses - a catastrophic 4-0 drubbing by "Los Ticos" in Costa Rica - prompted Klinsmann's dismissal, paving the way for Arena to return for a second stint in charge. For a guy who said he thought his career might have been over recently, Dempsey was talking on Friday night about hoping to play in another World Cup and hoping to get the chance to score three more goals and set a new all-time US record (he trails Landon Donovan's mark of 57 by two after Friday's trio).

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