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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (June 2, 2004) -- Striker Brian McBride scored twice in the first half, moving him into second place in career goals for the United States men who rolled over Honduras 4-0 in a friendly before 11,533 at Gillette Stadium tonight.

U.S. midfielder and captain Claudio Reyna became the seventh American player to record his 100th international appearance while forward Earnie Stewart became poised to become the eighth to reach that milestone, coming off the bench to earn his 99th cap. Goalkeeper Tony Meola also has played for the U.S. 99 times and is still active.

Reyna joined forward\midfielder Cobi Jones (160 appearances from 1992-2003) defender Jeff Agoos (134, 1988-2003), defender Marcelo Balboa (128, 1988-2000), defender Paul Caligiuri (110, 1984-1998), striker Eric Wynalda (106, 1992-2002) and striker\midfielder Joe-Max Moore (100, 1992-2002) as players to achieve the 100-cap threshold. Following the game, Reyna's No. 10 jersey was presented to the National Soccer Hall of Fame to commemorate the event.

McBride now has 25 goals for the U.S., passing Moore who has 24 to sit second to Wynalda's career record of 34 goals.

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Should the U.S. win the series, it will advance to a six-game, four-nation semifinal round robin that begins in August.

The U.S. went ahead 1-0 in the 22nd minute after defender Steve Cherundolo won a ball not far from the center circle and played it to midfielder Chris Armas. Armas played a one-touch ball back to Cherundolo who advanced the ball up a vacant right flank. Spotting a wide-open McBride, Cherundolo unleashed a perfect cross to the far post to the forward who, six yards out, did not have to leave his feet to direct a header past Honduras goalkeeper Hector Medina back into the right corner.

Fifteen minutes later, Reyna played a ball from the center of the field to striker Conor Casey, whose first touch came from the outside of his right foot, touching the ball to a free McBride. McBride used his first touch to drive his shot high and inside the left post for a 2-0 lead. The assist was the first for Casey, who was impressive in his third international appearance.

Badly overmatched, Honduras was dealt another blow in the 40th minute when forward and captain Amado Guevara was shown a red card after he swung his left arm and hit U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley in the face with his fist during a battle for the ball in the American attacking end.

In the 77th minute, the U.S. won back-to-back corner kicks. Reyna took the second and it was knocked by a Honduran defender through the legs of leaping reserve U.S. defender Cory Gibbs. The ball went to midfielder Eddie Lewis who drilled home his sixth career goal and first in more than two years from three yards out for a 3-0 lead.

Four minutes later, Reyna finished his night's work with a flourish, assisting defender Tony Sanneh's tally for a 4-0 advantage. After Cherundolo was fouled on the right side after entering the attacking third, Reyna put a cross on the head of Sanneh whose far-post run delivered his third career goal.

Honduras produced few dangerous scoring opportunities. In the first half, Guevara's free kick from 28 yards went just outside of the right post. In the 68th minute, midfielder Victor Mena carried through a tackle by reserve midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and through the U.S. central defense, but his 18-yard shot went several feet wide of the right post.

It was not until the 87th minute that U.S. keeper Tim Howard was required to make his one save for the night, his clean sheet improving the Americans' record against Honduras to 5-2-3.

The U.S. defense has not allowed a goal in its last 291 minutes.


United States 4, Honduras 0

Lineups: United States - Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Tony Sanneh, Carlos Bocanegra (Cory Gibbs 72), Greg Vanney (Bobby Convey 46), Claudio Reyna (captain), Chris Armas (Pablo Mastroeni 46), Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley (Eddie Lewis 46), Brian McBride, Conor Casey (Earnie Stewart 63). Honduras - Victor Coello (Hector Medina 15), Milton Palacios (Victor Bernardez 46), Nery Medina, Maynor Figueroa, Mauricio Sabillon (Roy Posas 73), Victor Mena, Amado Guevara (captain), Maynor Suazo, Wilson Palacios (Elmer Marin 63), Carlos Pavon (Milton Nunez, 59), Jerry Palacios (Emil Martinez, 46).

Scoring:
United States - McBride (Cherundolo) 22.
United States - McBride (Casey) 37.
United States - Lewis (unassisted) 77.
United States - Sanneh (Reyna) 81.

Shots: United States 14, Honduras 6. Saves: United States 1, Honduras 3. Corner kicks: United States 10, Honduras 2. Fouls: United States 19, Honduras 11. Offside: United States 2, Honduras 1. Yellow card cautions: Honduras - Suazo 65, Figueroa 74. Red card ejection: Honduras - Guevara 40.

Referee: Rodolfo Sibrian (El Salvador). Assistant referees: Raul Cardona (El Salvador), Mauricio Del Sid (El Salvador). Attendance: 11,533 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Weather: 64 degrees, clear, pleasant.

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