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USA Soccer on to World Cup in Brazil with 2-0 Win over Mexico
myfoxla.com ^ | Sept. 10, 2013

Posted on 09/11/2013 12:57:32 PM PDT by 1rudeboy

The United States moved on to its seventh straight World Cup appearance, beating regional rival Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night on second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan before a raucous red-white-and-blue-clad crowd that stood and chanted from start to finish.

After withstanding Mexican pressure for the first 20 minutes, the U.S. settled into the match and got the breakthrough in the 49th minute when Johnson outjumped defender Diego Reyes to meet Donovan's corner kick 8 yards out and head the ball past frozen goalkeeper Jesus Corona.

With Mexican shifting to an offense-minded 3-4-3 formation, the U.S. scored in the 78th following a throw in when Mix Diskerud threaded the ball across the goalmouth. Clint Dempsey touched it as it went by to Donovan, who poked it in from 2 yards.

U.S. players, many carrying large American flags on sticks, celebrated their win with a lap around the field, saluting the crowd the whole way. Then they went to the locker room to wait out the Honduras game. About 1,000 fans stuck around to watch on the videoboard, hoping for another party.

Following wins over Mexico in qualifiers by identical 2-0 scores at Columbus Crew Stadium in 2001, 2005 and 2009, the U.S. Soccer Federation picked the same venue for this year's match. The capacity crowd of 24,584 taunted the Mexicans with chants of "Dos a cero!" and "You're not going to Brazil!"

Fans were so loud during "The Star-Spangled Banner" that anthem singer Kayleigh Schofield was forced to alter her tempo to match that of the crowd.

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1 posted on 09/11/2013 12:57:32 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
What's soccer?

2 posted on 09/11/2013 12:58:34 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: b4its2late

It’s a sport folks like to whine about.


3 posted on 09/11/2013 12:59:31 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Correction: It’s a sport people with no athletic ability like to whine about (and constantly criticize, for some reason).


4 posted on 09/11/2013 1:05:45 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: b4its2late

Its’ “keep away” played with your feet..


5 posted on 09/11/2013 1:07:00 PM PDT by stevecmd
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To: 1rudeboy

My impression from watching a few US national team games is that the players haven’t generally had much time to play together, and their individual skills/talents are not great, so they generally have to make up for these defects by relying on pure grit to advance. “We try harder” seems to be their motto, except - unlike Avis - they never seem to ever get to be runner-up, let alone the champs. I guess that’s what happens when the nation’s most formidable athletic talents are funneled into other sports.


6 posted on 09/11/2013 1:12:33 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Definitely a work in progress.


7 posted on 09/11/2013 1:13:51 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
Outcome was not too surprising given Mexico's rapid decent. Honestly, I hate to see any team play the game without passion as Mexico did last night.

Good game, though. Really enjoyed watching it. I especially was thrilled to see all the Gadsden flags being waved in the sold out stadium!

8 posted on 09/11/2013 1:23:00 PM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: 1rudeboy

A big league soccer game is great to view in person, but on TV not so much. In contrast, I’d much rather watch an NFL game on the tube than go to the stadium.


9 posted on 09/11/2013 1:23:54 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I am so so happy and proud of our boys.
Sucks to mexico!

LoL!
Aaaah finally, something good. :)


10 posted on 09/11/2013 2:07:25 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 1rudeboy

Great win last night. Going to be interesting to see how it all comes together for next year. Klinsmann has done a great job so far.


11 posted on 09/11/2013 2:09:33 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: b4its2late

“What’s soccer?”

Something Mexicans care about.


12 posted on 09/11/2013 5:02:22 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: 1rudeboy

IN before “boring” and “gay” revelations of the usual deep thinking discoverers!


13 posted on 09/11/2013 5:03:32 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: b4its2late

Soccer is basically hockey without the puck, sticks, ice, or blood.


14 posted on 09/11/2013 5:07:52 PM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: 1rudeboy

It should have been 3-0, but Dempsey missed a PK at the end....I wonder if he was doing them a favor to try to help their Goal Differential, because they are tied on points for the last spot with Panama, and Panama leads them in goals scored.


15 posted on 09/11/2013 5:10:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kevao

You forget: and countless commercials for Cialis and auto insurance.


16 posted on 09/11/2013 5:21:36 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: dfwgator

I like to think he missed to keep the “Dos a Cero” streak alive. It’s always possible he just plain botched it though.


17 posted on 09/11/2013 5:27:30 PM PDT by Textide
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To: Textide

If Mexico makes it to Brazil it might be because of that missed kick, they would have been down on goal differential to Panama, but as it stands they are equal, with Panama having the edge due to more goals scored.

The Mexico-Panama game will be HUGE! Frankly, I’d love to see Panama qualify, especially at the expense of Mexico.


18 posted on 09/11/2013 6:18:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Ditto all that, DFW. If we meet Mexico again in Brazil, it’s going to be ugly.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 6:29:32 PM PDT by Ax
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To: 1rudeboy

I saw the game.

Mexico started out quite well. They were looking for a quick goal to hopefully throw the US off their game - but it didn’t happen.

The second half was all US. After the US’s first goal, Mexico looked deflated and really didn’t get any scoring opportunities.


20 posted on 09/11/2013 8:28:00 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Owl558

Lol, that’s it!


21 posted on 09/12/2013 3:19:34 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Very true


22 posted on 09/12/2013 3:19:59 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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