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SANDY, Utah -- No amount of tight defence could keep Jozy Altidore from doing what he does best. Altidore has been money in scoring timely goals for the U.S. national team this spring. Honduras made a concerted effort to keep him in check, but the American forward still put himself in the highlight reel again. Altidore scored a goal in his fourth consecutive international match, enough for the United States to edge Honduras 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying game Tuesday night. Before 20,250 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium, the Americans remained atop the six-team CONCACAF group. The United States (4-1-1) won three straight games this month, all since a 0-0 draw at Mexico gave it a boost toward the top. It has also shut out its last two opponents, Panama and Honduras. "Were trying to keep our feet on the ground, of course," U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "But going back over the last 15-20 years, we know what points total gets you to the World Cup. So its been a hugely successful summer." And summer hasnt even begun. Honduras (2-3-1) was the last team to win at the United States in a World Cup qualifying match, back in 2001. The Americans have won or drawn 25 straight at home since then. The top three teams in CONCACAF qualifying move directly to Brazil 2014, and the fourth-place team will face a playoff against New Zealand. The visitors made it difficult on the Americans for much of the game by slowing the pace before Altidore broke through. After several second-half near misses, the U.S. got its goal in the 73rd minute. Altidore took a cross from Fabian Johnson from near the end line and put it past goalkeeper Noel Valladares across the goalmouth inside the right post. It was Altidores ninth goal in a qualifier as he finally develops into the scoring threat the United States has hoped for. "We always told him from a coaching perspective that it takes a lot of hard work, it takes a lot of adjustment, it takes the right moment to be there, it takes the hunger," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "The energy he has put in the last four or five games has been tremendous. Its not only that he scored those goals, the work he does for the team is awesome." Both teams played physical soccer in the first half, leading to an emphasis on defence and a limited number of scoring chances on either side of the field. Just before the first period ended, though, Howard was forced to make a difficult save when Andy Najar launched a running right-footer from the right side of the box. He met the ball in the centre of the box and deflected it outside the right post. Eddie Johnson had a chance in the 17th minute when he latched onto a cross from Fabian Johnson. His left-footed shot from the centre of the box was knocked away by Valladares. Klinsmann expected Honduras, even with a depleted roster, to force his players to slog through a tough first half. Their ability to be patient and grind down the Honduras defence offered an example of how much the Americans have grown in 2013. "The team now understands its not only a physical grind you put into these games," Klinsmann said. "Its a mental one. Mentally were getting stronger. Were getting tougher. We are now prepared to go through the games." When the U.S. stepped up the offensive pressure early in the second half, it put Honduras on its heels. Altidore, who did not speak to reporters, had the finishing touch to make the aggressive push count. He even appeared to score earlier in the half. Moments after Graham Zusi sent a free kick into a crowd of players just outside the 6-yard box in the 56th minute, only to see Brad Evans header go right into Valladares gloves, Altidore got behind the defence. Clint Dempsey sent a through ball ahead to Altidore, who was ruled offside and his score was negated. His teammates knew Altidore couldnt be denied forever. "As long as we do our job in the back, they get the opportunity to score goals," defender Omar Gonzalez said. "Jozy is on fire right now. He keeps on scoring. Man, I love Jozy up top. Hes doing great." Valladares came up with another clutch save in the 69th minute. Zusi, who was particularly active all night after sitting out the win over Panama because of yellow card accumulation, sent a ball into Dempsey in the centre of the box and he leaned into a point-blank header. The ball bounced off of Valladares hands and Michael Bradley sent a follow-up shot too high. Honduras did little to threaten the Americans offensively before and after the games only goal. It marked the fourth time in six games the U.S. earned a shutout. "Every time we get a clean sheet, we feel like the best players in the world," Howard said. "Weve been on a roll. Its good for the young guys in the back. It gets us feeling good about ourselves. Every time we have a good performance, we put in our back pocket and save it." NOTES: The U.S. improved to 5-2-1 all-time vs. Honduras. The Americans also improved to 3-0 in games played in Utah ... Altidore is the sixth American to score in four straight matches, equaling Landon Donovan (twice), Eddie Johnson, Brian McBride, Eric Wynalda and William Looby ... Clint Dempseys next U.S. appearance will be his 100th ... Howard has 26 shutouts for the national team. Nike Shox r4 Mens .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. Air Zoom Pegasus 33 . -- Eastern Kentucky thrives off creating havoc for others. . Following a lopsided 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, Paul MacLean told reporters that "theres a lack of focus, theres a lack of leadership and theres a lack of preparation" with his struggling team. That came on the heels of Bryan Murray taking the unusual step of going into the locker room at the Prudential Center and addressing the players himself. Air Zoom Pegasus 31 . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Nike Shox Nz . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. MS Dhoni has asked for more patience to be shown with Indias inexperienced middle order after they couldnt complete a chase of 261 on a sluggish Ranchi pitch. Dhoni backed the young players to find their own method of finishing games, even if it meant going for big shots, referring to the dismissals of Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya at a critical juncture. While Pandey lofted a slower ball from Tim Southee to mid-on, Pandyas inside-out strike off Mitchell Santner was pouched by Tom Latham at long-off, and with this wicket India had slipped from 128 for 2 to 167 for 7.Cricket has changed, people like to play big shots. It is important to not tell them to stop playing the shots; you dont want them to go into their shells, Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony. They played their shots when the ball was in their area. The Nos. 5 and 6 are quite new, they will learn their own way. Some will play big shots, some will take it deep. Once they have played 15-20 games, they will figure out what works for them.Dhonis post-match press conference was along the same lines; he reiterated the difficulty of batting down the order on such a sluggish pitch. Its important they get games like these and finally theyll figure out a way what suits them best to chase down a total like this, he said. Unless they get an opportunity like this it will be very difficult because thats how you get experience. You can learn a lot by watching but ultimately when you feel the pressure and go through that motion, thats where you learn a lot. It will be a good learning curve for them. Give them some time.Dhoni saw parallels with the defeat in Delhi, and said the loss of wickets in clumps hurt the team. He also hit out at Indias profligacy with the ball - they conceded 13 wides in the afternoon. I think it was the first 10 [overs] where we gave away a lot of runs and the extras, he said. The wicket was best to bat on in the afternoon, and it kept getting slower and slower.dddddddddddd On a wicket like this when the score is not too much - we were not chasing anything over 6.5 or 7 runs an over - you need partnerships.Also, you need to realise that with two balls it initially comes on to the bat better and as the game progresses the wicket slows down and the ball doesnt come that well. Thats where it becomes difficult to freely rotate the strike.Indias innings received an early jolt after Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the fifth over. But, the chase was kept on track by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who put on 79 runs for the second wicket. However, once Kohli was caught behind attempting to cut Ish Sodhi, Indias innings fell apart. Dhoni disagreed with the suggestion that Indias chases were overly dependent on Kohli.If you see the last one to one and a half years, we havent played a lot of ODI cricket, he said. In between we had Zimbabwe, we had three games so… I can say that the stats actually dont reflect the exact scenario because also in that period I have batted at a different position and our top order was batting brilliantly. So everything is very different. Just in this series, if you see, there have been a couple of games where the wicket was on the slower side.Its when the wickets are slow and when the required run rate is not high, you calculate and at times you play out a few overs thinking if you have a partnership at this moment, with more wickets in hand in the last few overs, you can look to chase down something thats even seven to seven and a half [runs per over]. We have got quite a few batsmen who can do the job. Its just that we have to give them more time. Batting down the order is one of the toughest things to do. You dont get a [ready-made] player whos complete, who bats at No. 5, 6 or 7, all the time. 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