(Via Tim Miller - Revolution Communications)
Although the opening ceremonies in London take place tomorrow night, men’s Olympic soccer began today with New England Revolution’s Jerry Bengtson featuring for Honduras in its opening match against Morocco. Bengtson scored both goals for his National Team in the 2-2 draw, the first men’s soccer match of the 30th Olympiad.
Bengtson scored his first goal in the 56th minute, equalizing for Honduras during the run of play. He then converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute to give the Central American team a brief lead, before Morocco leveled the score two minutes later.
The 25-year old was one of three overage players selected by Honduras for the Under-23 tournament. Bengtson signed with the Revolution on July 5 and scored his first career goal in his Revolution- and MLS-debuts on July 8 against the New York Red Bulls, before the club granted him permission to join the Olympic team on July 16.
Honduras is in Group D of the tournament and will next play Spain on Sunday, July 29 at 7 a.m. ET, ahead of the Revolution’s match against the Philadelphia Union, which will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. Honduras will then play Japan in its third and final group game on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 12 p.m. ET.