USA Takes A Big Step

Ricardo Clark celebrates his goal against Trinidad and Tobago

Ricardo Clark celebrates his goal against Trinidad and Tobago

Earlier tonight the US Men’s Soccer Team defeated Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 on a Ricardo Clark second half goal.  After the smoke cleared on tonight’s round of matches the US sits atop the CONCACAF (can we get a shorter name, please?) region with 16 points.  By my amateur, and quite possibly inaccurate, calculations, if the US beats Honduras or Costa Rica in  either of their last two matches then they qualify for South Africa.  There is an outside shot that when USA plays Costa Rica on October 14th, the winner will go on to the World Cup while the loser will play the fifth place team from South America.  Not an enviable position.

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Tonight, the US Men’s National Team continued their march toward South Africa with a convincing 3-0 trouncing of Trinidad and Tobago.  That gives USA 9 points and commanding lead in Group 1.  If my addition is correct, and it very well may not be, if we beat Cuba on October 11th in Washington DC, we will be through to the final stage of qualification.

Tonight’s game, played at Toyota Park in Illinois, was total domination for the Americans.  They started early when Michael Bradley flicked home a wonderful cross from a set piece in the 9th minute.  Nine minutes later, Clint Dempsey finished off a wonderful give-and-go to make it 2-0.  In the 57th minute, Brian Ching knocked home a ball after a set piece and a scramble in the box to put the game away.

T&T never really looked like scoring, though Heath Pearce did clear a ball off the line after a corner kick.  Even then, I wasn’t worried, USA really just controlled the entire match.

After three games, including two in hostile road environments, USA has taken full points and has yet to be scored upon.  I can’t really find any negatives to speak of right now.  What else can you ask for?  More goals, I guess, but when a team is on the road, the three points are all that matters, regardless of how pretty it is.

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