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New England Revolution Striker Jerry Bengtson Lifts Honduras Over Spain In London Olympics

New England Revolution striker Jerry Bengtson propelled Honduras to a 1-0 win over Spain in the London Olympics on Sunday. He is tied for the Golden Boot lead in the Games with three goals.

FOXBORO, MA - JULY 8:  Jerry Bengtson #27 of the New England Revolution reacts after his first goal against the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium July 8, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JULY 8: Jerry Bengtson #27 of the New England Revolution reacts after his first goal against the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium July 8, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Honduras knocked medal favorite Spain out of the soccer competition at the 2012 London Olympics with a 1-0 victory in Group D play on Sunday at St. James' Park in Newcastle.

The seventh minute stunner was provided by New England Revolution striker and Designated Player Jerry Bengtson. Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza found Bengtson in the penalty area with a cross and the Revs DP headed it home past Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.

Bengtson has been enjoying a fine tournament and has three goals in two matches for Honduras which are in second place in Group D. He had a brace in the first Group D match against Morocco. With three goals, Bengtson is tied for the lead in the soccer competition for the Golden Boot. Honduras' last match Group D is on Aug. 1 against Japan.

For the Revs, Bengtson scored one goal in 75 minutes through two matches since being signed as a Designated Player. If he returns in form to New England, they can try to make a push for the fifth playoff spot. The Revs entered Sunday six points out of fifth place. Designated Players can be a gamble for MLS teams, but before this weekend they scored 17.7% of the total goals and 16.1% of the total points in MLS this season.

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