USA Qualfies for World Cup 2010

Conor Casey celebrates a goal

Conor Casey celebrates a goal

For the sixth straight time the United States will be playing in the World Cup Finals.  There were some dramatic moments in their 3-2 victory at Honduras, but the US came out on top, making their game against Costa Rica on Wednesday irrelevant.

The US needed three goals and a late missed penalty kick to put away the pesky Hondurans.  Striker Conor Casey picked a wonderful time to score his first two international goals when he found the back of the net in the 55th and 66th minutes.  Casey simply out-muscled the Honduran goalkeeper on his first goal, a header from the six yard box.  For his second, he was sent through on wonderful pass from Landon Donovan and he buried it in the corner.

Five minutes later, Donovan put the US ahead for good with a cracking free kick from the top of the box.

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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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USA Falls In Mexico

This isn’t going to be a very long post because I had to watch this game on a grainy internet feed at work.  Fail, ESPN.  Epic fail.  By now you know that the Americans fell to 0-23-1 all time in Mexico with today’s 2-1 loss.

The question coming into the game was which US team would show up to Azteca Stadium.  Unfortunately, it was the team who showed up for the second half of the Confederation’s Cup Championship against Brazil.  Other than the goal, which was nice, the US side never threatened.  The defense, which was so strong in the wins over Spain and Egypt earlier this summer, allowed the Mexicans to run amok in the penalty area.  No one player really stood out as having a good game.

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Embarrassment in Costa Rica

I was pretty excited about the US Men’s National Soccer Team’s trip down to Costa Rica for the latest World Cup Qualifier.  What a waste of time that proved to be.  This was the single worst performance I have seen in a long, long time.  And that includes the family who was playing during a picnic in the park yesterday.  Yeah, it was that bad.

For those of you who had the fortune of missing this game, I’ll bring you up to speed.  Costa Rica womped the US 3-1.  Surely there was at least one bright spot?  One player who actually looked like he wanted to be there, right?  No.  No one looked good.  Not one single player.

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USA-Mexico World Cup Qualfier

In a little less than an hour, Mexico and USA square off the first match of the final round of qualification for the World Cup in 2010.  USA and Mexico have quite a bit of history together and have sprouted a heated rivalry since the Yanks arrival on the soccer scene.  Game is at 6 CST on ESPN2. Continue reading

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