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CARSON, Calif. (AP) – The United States opened its 2010 schedule of World Cup warmups with a resounding thud.
Fellow World Cup qualifier Honduras thoroughly outplayed a second-string U.S. lineup, winning an exhibition game 3-1 Saturday night.
Defender Jimmy Conrad was ejected by Mexico referee Benito Archundia in the 17th minute for his second yellow card, given for an off-the-ball foul in the penalty area. Carlos Pavon, who put a penalty kick over the crossbar during last October’s World Cup qualifier, converted his kick this time in the 19th.
Jerry Palacios split the defense to beat goalkeeper Troy Perkins with a 6-yard header off Pavon’s cross in the 37th, and Roger Espinoza made it 3-0 in the 53rd, slotting the ball in from 8 yards.