A late objective from Jordan Siebatcheu fired america into the CONCACAF Nations League remaining on Thursday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Honduras.
Switzerland-based striker Siebatcheu headed dwelling Weston McKennie’s flick within the 89th minute to settle a scrappy semi-final at Denver’s Mile Migh Stadium.
The US will face both Costa Rica or Mexico within the remaining on Sunday, with the second semi-final happening later Thursday in Denver.
Gregg Berhalter’s US group, nevertheless, had been made to sweat towards a bodily Honduras outfit who seemed to be enjoying for penalties late within the sport.
A US squad that includes largely Europe-based gamers — together with Chelsea star Christian Pulisic, Juventus midfielder McKennie and Manchester Metropolis goalkeeper Zack Steffen — dominated for lengthy durations.
Nevertheless, after a shiny opening when the People created a string of possibilities, Berhalter’s aspect pale throughout a second half marred by stoppages and a flurry of yellow playing cards.
Borussia Dortmund teenager Gio Reyna had two possibilities early on, and will have scored on 10 minutes after deft footwork took him into house contained in the Honduras space. Nevertheless, Reyna dragged his shot large.
On the different finish, Steffen was pressed into motion within the eleventh minute, saving Honduras striker Anthony Lozano’s long-range shot.
An unmarked McKennie headed over from a nook within the thirteenth minute after which noticed a shot deflected large quickly afterwards.
Honduras went near taking the lead on 27 minutes when Alberth Elis’s angled header beat Steffen solely to be cleared off the road by a determined dive from US striker Josh Sargent.
Sargent may need given the US the lead moments later, however was unable to divert Antonee Robinson’s cross large of Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez.
The sport heading in the direction of a penalty shoot-out after a second half marked by fouls, however the US breakthrough got here with a minute left on the clock.
Middle-back John Brooks superior on the Honduras penalty space and chipped a go to the fitting flank.
McKennie met the ball with a primary time headed cross, and substitute Brenden Aaronson’s decoy run created house for Siebatcheu, who headed previous Lopez from shut vary.