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With four MLS players in lineup, Honduras upsets Spain, 1-0, in Olympic men’s tournament

Jerry Bengtson, one of four MLS players in Honduras’ starting lineup, scored in the sixth minute Sunday as the Catrachos upset gold medal contender Spain, 1-0, in the Olympic men’s soccer tournament.

Bengtson, from the New England Revolution, headed in a cross from Sporting Kansas City’s Roger Espinoza at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park. Espinoza worked a combination on the flank with D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar before setting by the goal.

Najar played 56 minutes. Mario Martinez, whose impending acquistion by the Seattle Sounders was first reported on the Insider’s Twitter page Friday, went all 90 minutes. Bengtson, who scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Morocco in the Honduras opener, played 80 minutes and Espinoza 70.

With a 1-0-1 record and four points in Group D, Honduras is in prime position to advance to the quarterfinals. It will play Japan (2-0-0, six points) on Wednesday in Coventry. Spain (0-2-0) was eliminated from contention but could help Honduras' cause by defeating or tying Morocco (0-1-1, one point) on Wednesday in Manchester.

Honduras and medal contender Mexico (1-0-1 with four points in Group B) are CONCACAF’s representatives in the tournament.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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