Just before they walked onto the field for a critical World Cup qualifier, American players received a message from Bruce Arena.
"I have this copyrighted, but it was something to the effect of: first shot, first tackle, first goal," the returning coach said. "I have T-shirt rights to that."
Their response was emphatic, elders and youth alike.
Clint Dempsey came back from an irregular heartbeat at age 34 to score his second international hat trick, 18-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic had one goal and set up three others, and the U.S. routed Honduras 6-0 Friday night to get back in contention for an eighth straight World Cup berth.