CONCACAF 2012 Olympic Qualifying: USA Eliminated In Stoppage Time

Sean Johnson let a simple shot get by him in stoppage time, allowing El Salvador to draw the USA and end the Americans' Olympic dreams

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Mexico Vs. Honduras, 2012 Olympic Qualifying: Alan Pulido Hat Trick Leads El Tri To 3-0 Win

So much for Honduras providing Mexico a challenge. Sunday's Group B clash at the Home Depot Center was supposed to be a test for El Tri, but they never looked bothered, let alone tested by Honduras. Alan Pulido was fantastic, picking up a hat trick and the rest of the team was calm and comfortable to deliver Mexico a 3-0 win over Honduras.

Pulido got the Mexicans going after 12 minutes when he took a pass from Javier Aquino to get into good scoring position. From there he just needed to finish simply, which he did, hitting the ball low for the opening goal of the match.

The first goal didn't ask much of Pulido, but the second one sure did. He picked up the ball and came all the way across from the left to the center before creating enough space from 20 yards and hitting a peach of a shot into the upper corner. It was a tremendous goal and sent El Tri into the break not just up two goals, but having demoralized Honduras.

The second half was much like the first. Mexico got forward with ease and were actually a bit sloppy in the final third, but it didn't matter. Aquino crossed for Pulido just after the break, leaving the Tigres striker with a simple tap in to complete the hat trick and a nice tidy finish to an impressive afternoon for Mexico.

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