Colorado Rapids striker Conor Casey was the hero for the USA national team on the weekend.
The 28-year old scored his first-ever goals for the USA in a vital World Cup qualifying win over Honduras (3-2) in the 58th and 65th minutes in San Pedro Sula.
Casey admitted he was surprised when he was handed a start by coach Bob Bradley but was delighted to get the game time and to score twice was an added bonus.
“I was a little surprised, but definitely excited to get the start,” Casey said.
“We knew it was going to be a very tough game. They obviously were playing to win and playing for the same thing that we were, and they had their crowd behind them. I thought we played well, we played smart, got a little lucky in the end with the [missed] penalty, but we definitely deserved it in the end.
“On the first one, the ball was played in to Charlie (Davies) and I kind of speculated that he would be heading it back in my direction, so I went up the goalie challenged for it. I don’t know if I got my head on it or what, but somehow it went in the direction of the goal and in.
“On the second one, I think we just broke and Landon (Donovan) slipped me a nice ball, and I was alone on goal and slotted it in the corner.”