ATLANTA, GEORGIA—After two successive draws, the United States Men’s National team soccer roster (USMNT) finally entered the win column with a lopsided 4-1 win against the home team Honduras in a World Cup qualifying match in San Pedro Sula on Wednesday night.
Ricardo Pepi scored a goal and had two assists in the morale-boosting win for the USMNT.
The win boosted the chance of the USMNT for a slot in the World Cup next year.
At the moment, Mexico leads the eight-team table with seven points, followed by Panama, Canada, and the U.S. with five each.
Honduras and El Salvador have two points each, Costa Rica has one point and Jamaica none.
The top three sides will qualify for the World Cup in 2022, while the fourth-placed team will enter a playoff for a spot in Qatar.
The next three-match qualifying cycle begins for the U.S. on Oct. 7 in Austin, Texas, versus Jamaica.
The U.S. will play at Panama on Oct. 10 and then will host Costa Rica in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 13.
Two members of USMNT are players of the Atlanta United FC namely defensive specialists Miles Robinson and George Bello.
Robinson has nine caps and three goals with the USMNT, earning his senior team debut on Sept. 6, 2019, in a friendly against Mexico. He made his first start and scored his first international goal in a 7-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 31, 2021. Robinson started all six matches and scored two goals at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup where he helped the U.S. secure five clean sheets and scored the game-winning goal in the final to defeat Mexico 1-0. The 24-year-old was also recently named to his first MLS All-Star team and has started 14 of his 15 MLS appearances in 2021.
Bello has made three appearances for the USMNT, making his senior team debut against Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 31, 2021. Most recently, Bello started two matches during the USMNT’s run to the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup title, including the 1-0 victory against Mexico in the final. The 19-year-old left-back this week became the first Atlanta Homegrown player to be named an MLS All-Star and has started 15 of his 16 MLS appearances in 2021.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.