Skip to comments.U.S. beats Mexico, 2-0, to qualify for 2014 soccer's World Cup
Posted on 09/11/2013 6:38:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
COLUMBUS, Ohio Needing a victory over Mexico and a little help from Honduras to punch its ticket to next summer's World Cup, the U.S. took care of business Tuesday, riding second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan to a 2-0 victory in front of a raucous 24,584 at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Then the Americans retired to their locker room, where they watched Honduras and Panama play to a 2-2 tie, assuring the U.S. one of CONCACAF's three berths in Brazil. So when the dressing room opened again an hour later, it smelled of champagne.
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The vaunted Mexico team is 0-4 in my old stompin’ grounds of Columbus, Ohio.
The U.S. players had to wait until the Honduras-Panama match ended to punch their ticket to Brazil. Honduras tied Panama, 2-2, solidifying the Americans’ seventh straight trip to the World Cup.
No se puede...
USA turned it up a notch in the second half. We miss Michael Bradley.
Well done USA!
Nice! I wonder how many of the 24,584 were rooting for Meheeco though?
Still, a good win. Mexico is no slouch at futbol.
Let me put it this way. Mexicans born in America were rooting for Mexico too
So what? I know guys that have never stepped foot in Boston that are diehard Red Sox fans, and I root for the University of Nebraska just because my dad’s from there.
Illegal immigrants and many of their kids have NO loyalty to this country whatsoever.
As of now, Mexico would be out of the World Cup.
They play Panama next, who is in fourth, on the basis of more goals scored....If Panama wins or even ties, it’s pretty much over for Mexico, since Panama hosts the US in the final game, and I suspect the US will send a pretty inexperienced squad there, with nothing at stake.
|Date||Opponent||Result / Kickoff|
|Feb. 6||vs. Honduras||2-1 L
|March 22||vs. Costa Rica||1-0 W|
|March 26||vs. Mexico||0-0 T|
|June 7||vs. Jamaica||2-1 W
|June 11||vs. Panama||2-0 W|
|June 18||vs. Honduras||1-0 W|
|Sept. 6||vs. Costa Rica||1-3 L|
|Sept. 10||vs. Mexico||2-0 W|
|Oct. 11||vs. Jamaica||5:30 p.m. CT|
|Oct. 15||vs. Panama||10 p.m. ET|
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He may wind up playing against his Dad in Brazil. Egypt is perfect in their WC qualifying so far.
Not many, it was solid "Red White and Blue" in the crowd....That's why they schedule the game there.
A small handful were sporting the “El Tri” colors.
Someone on another forum asked the question why didn’t they schedule the game at a NFL stadium (for a bigger crowd) instead of the smaller Columbus Crew stadium. The short answer was that the USSF wanted to ensure a “home crowd” for the US soccer team and not turn it into an away game for the USA in the USA.
>He may wind up playing against his Dad in Brazil. Egypt is perfect in their WC qualifying so far.<
Wouldn’t that be something? What a game to see.
I didn’t realize that rooting for the right sports teams was a requirement. I’m a Seahawks fan - is it OK for me to cheer them on even though their logo is derived from Canadian Indian woodcarving, or do I need to shift my allegiance to the Patriots? What about all those “Fighting Irish” fans? Should they be shunned?
You’ve missed the point! They are still rooting for American teams.
Congrats USA. Bump for good news.
It’s just a game. I hope you can get over it.
I’d agree with playing it in Columbus. Soccer is popular there, the Crew draw well, and better a full and rocking 25,000-seater than a half-empty 70,000-seater packed with Mexican fans. That was a smart move.
I saw a bit of the match. Relatively few Mexico fans there. Lots of red, white and blue.
Strangely there were no handshakes or exchanges of jerseys between the opposing players after the game. I thought that was a hallmark of sportsmanship in this game?
Note that Costa Rica, despite drawing their match against Jamaica and slipping to 2nd in the group, also qualified for Brazil with the Honduras-Panama draw.
Mexico sits in 5th (!) currently, and needs a strong last two matches to squeak into 4th for the playoff spot, let alone 3rd to directly qualify.
Mexico hosts Panama October 10, Mexico plays at Costa Rica October 14th. CR will not have a lot to play for. So, I think the Mexico Panama game will be largely decisive.
Panama’s last game is vs. us, USA and we won’t have a lot to play for at Panama.
Honduras will host Costa Rica and play at Jamaica in their last game.
Jamaica all of a sudden is playing fairly well though it looks like they are practically eliminated unless they win their games and Panama and Mexico get draws in all of their games which considering soccer, does seem possible.
As you say, it really comes down to the MEX/PAN result - a win by either pretty much secures 4th or better (I don't think it actually guarantees it... maybe with some help from CRC). A draw leaves it very tenuous - Panama holds the tiebreaker right now on goals scored, with both teams playing against already-qualified teams on the final day. Mexico is on the road, so they've got the tougher path, especially if they've got to worry about goal differential as well as result.
I have a gut feeling it's going to come down to goal differential for those two.
Victor Vucetich is Mexico’s new coach. Sounds like a Mexican of Serbian or more generally, Yugoslavian descent.
Costa Rica and USA may want to win CONCACAF, probably signifying a better seed.
We probably wouldn’t want to get stuck in a group as in 2006 where we had to face Italy, Ghana and Czech Republic. A fairly tough group. We did not advance.
Then 2010 we were in there with England, Algeria and Slovenia, sort of an easy group but the officiating in South Africa was against us and we had to sweat out advancing.