The United States men’s soccer team came into Wednesday night with a lot of questions to answer. Two games into their qualifying campaign, they had only drawn both times, leaving many to wonder if this was going to be a repeat of the disastrous wreckage of four years ago.
While there is still more work to be done, an emphatic 1-4 win in Honduras will have settled a lot of nerves. But it wasn’t as simple as the scoreline suggests, and it required some pep to their step. The hosts led through Brayan Moya after 27 minutes, and they’d hold the lead until the half. It only took three minutes after the break for Ricardo Pepi, an 18-year-old making his international debut, to make his mark, setting up Antonee Robinson for the first of three assists. He’d score in the 75th to give the USMNT the lead, and then he’d complete his hat trick of assists by finding Brenden Aaronson (86th) and Sebastian Lletget (93rd) to underline what had already been a dominant bow.