In the night’s second game the United States were somewhat fortunate to escape with all three points against Honduras.
Their Central American opponents matched them in terms of ability and chances for long periods of the game, with the US lucky to capitalize on two pieces of shocking Honduran defending for their two goals.
The first came after 25 minutes when a series of rebounds and deflections from a corner eventually saw the ball fall kindly for Clint Dempsey, with the same player adding a second from a Michael Bradley free kick in the second half.
The two goal lead didn’t last long, as Carlos Discua pulled one back in the 69th minute, but despite late Honduran pressure the US held on for the win.
Klinsmann used his post-match interview to acknowledge his side badly needed to improve. “It's going to be a journey in which we hope we're going to improve from match to match - there will be moments of little struggle”, he said. “Hopefully from game to game we get more in a flow, more in a rhythm.”
He’ll certainly need more rhythm quickly. Jozy Altidore looked way off the pace in attack, and both Yedlin and Chandler looked short of form and confidence.
Wednesday sees the opening games in Group B, with Costa Rica vs Jamaica at 8pm EDT and El Salvador vs Canada at 10:30pm EDT. Next up for the US is Haiti on Friday night, with Honduras facing Panama.