How the United States Missed the World Cup, Minute by Minute

17’ Americans Stunned by Own Goal

The first sign of trouble comes at the same time as a hint of potential salvation. In San Pedro Sula, Oribe Peralta gives Mexico a 1-0 lead over Honduras at about the same moment United States defender Omar Gonzalez swings his leg toward Trinidad forward Shahdon Winchester in Couva. Gonzalez and Winchester both are racing to be first to a routine cross, but Winchester gets there first and the ball ricochets off him, then off Gonzalez’s shin, and then in a spinning loop over goalkeeper Tim Howard.

The Americans are stunned, and suddenly — improbably — trailing by 1-0. “One of the most unlucky goals ever, I think,” Gonzalez says, “and it’s one that will haunt me forever.”

Bradley calls the goal “a killer.” On the sideline, Coach Bruce Arena fumes. “We foolishly brought Trinidad into the game,” he says after the match.

United States fans start rooting hard for Mexico and Costa Rica.


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