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Report: US-Mexico qualifier will be played in Columbus

 

Here's the least surprising news of the day: Columbus has reportedly been picked as the site for the all-important World Cup qualifying matchup between the US and Mexico on Sept. 10.

 

The stadium has hosted the US team's home qualifier against Mexico in the final round for the last three consecutive World Cup qualifying cycles, with the United States collecting identical 2-0 scorelines in 2001, 2005 and 2009.

 

READ MORE: http://www.mlssoccer.com/blog/post/2013/02/09/report-us-mexico-qualifier-will-be-played-columbus

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oh thats good news. i love watching the runup and the world cup matches out and around in nyc, its the most amazing event. i follow the argentinian league and my boca juniors, so its the only time i ever take notice of and root for us soccer. it will be so cool to see a match from columbus.

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oh thats good news. i love watching the runup and the world cup matches out and around in nyc, its the most amazing event. i follow the argentinian league and my boca juniors, so its the only time i ever take notice of and root for us soccer. it will be so cool to see a match from columbus.

 

They have been playing this game in Columbus for years now.  Typically it has been scheduled for the early round of World Cup Qualifying (US lost at Honduras last week 2-1, a bad loss to have but not the end of the world).  We try to bring the Mexican players out of their element by playing in Columbus when its cold.  They do the same thing by playing us down there in the heat.  Gamesmanship.

 

There is also a rumor that the US will play Belgium in Cleveland toward the end of may at Cleveland Browns Stadium.  US Soccer has not confirmed or denied.

 

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/01/30/report-us-meet-belgium-cleveland-may-friendly

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Mods Can this thread be renamed as the USA Men's Soccer thread. 

 

Done.

 

Thank you.

 

FYI next Gold Cup match is Sat. against Cuba.  Anyone want to take bets that Cuba doesn't show up with the full 23 man roster?

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The US is on a 9 game winning streak.  Granted a few of those games have come against the likes of Cuba and Belize, but it is still a pretty impressive run of form.  Their last loss was actually the game in Cleveland against Belgium, I wonder if they were to play again if it would be so lopsided.  Probably, but still no reason to not enjoy the way this team is playing. 

 

US plays in the Semi-Final of the Gold Cup Wed. 24th against Costa Rica, and, provided they can keep the streak going, will be playing in the Final on Sunday against the winner of Mexico v. Panama.

 

Donovan shines again for U.S. in Gold Cup

 

Posted by Jeff Carlisle

 

With each passing game, the evidence has been mounting that Landon Donovan is back. In Sunday's Gold Cup quarterfinal against El Salvador, Donovan delivered his most impressive performance to date since his national team return, delivering a goal and four assists in a 5-1 victory.

 

In the first half, Donovan set up Clarence Goodson and Joe Corona to stake the Americans to a 2-0 lead. El Salvador then pulled a goal back just before halftime thanks to a Rodolfo Zelaya penalty and went on to create some nervous moments for the U.S. immediately after the break.

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^ i recognize and appreciate the 9 game winning streak, but reserve judgment for a bit.  THey beat a short handed Germany team, and had to score 4 goals to do it.  I still dont trust the defense against world class offenses and thats what belgium has.  We will see what happens in the next few months as they lock up a world cup bid

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Saw the team in San Diego. They looked so off key but then started to gel. In the second half the offense got that chemistry going. Some really great passes that set up some really great goals!

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^^^The US will play Honduras in the semi-final, not Costa Rica.  Honduras pulled off a relatively surprising victory in the second match last night.

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The US knocked off Honduras 3-1 last night to advance into the Gold Cup final.  The third and final US goal by Landon Donovan was particularly dazzling - coming only 1 minute after Honduras got their only goal to get within one of the US.

 

The second game of the night featured Panama upsetting Mexico 2-1.  So the US will face Panama in the Gold Cup final.  The Gold Cup final game is Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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The US knocked off Honduras 3-1 last night to advance into the Gold Cup final. 

 

I'm embarassed to say I totally forgot about the game last night.

 

I'm IN DALLAS! After work went straight to this bar (awesome TOD by the way!) and three guys with Honduras jerseys walked in and I instantly realized I missed it. Do'h!

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They're on a tear right now. Landon looks completely locked in. With Clint, Landon, Jozy and Bradley playing some of the best ball of their life, WC2014 could be pretty fun for the Americans. I know it's against CONCACAF "minnows" but Jurgen-ball finally is catching on. They look quick, precise and purposeful on the ball. The frantic, half pitch "passes" from the back line seem like a thing of the past. Thank God.

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That final was not pretty, but that was Panama's gameplan.  Park the bus and look for something on the counter.  With their speed it was a good plan, and if they tried to play too open the US would have picked them apart. 

 

Shea's goal couldn't have been easier, but it did look at first like he may have been caught offside.  Donovan didn't touch the ball however, so Shea was good to tap the ball in, @45 sec after entering the game.  That is the second time this tournament that a sub has scored in less than 1 min.

 

Overall a nice addition to the trophy case, but the real work starts in a little over 1 month.  Costa Rica v. USA, in Costa Rica.  The first match was the infamous Snowgedden game, I don't know if the Costa Ricans have any weather tricks they can play, but you can be sure they want some revenge for a game they thought should not have been allowed.

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Normally, international friendies don't mean much.  But the USMNT's 4-3 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina yesterday was really something.  One, it was against a team ranked #13 in the international standings (B-H is good, who knew?).  Two, it was in Sarajevo - so B-H likely didn't want to lose at home.  And three, it was a thrilling game.

 

The US was down 2-0 at halftime.  Then the US started a scoring onslaught.  Scoring in the 55th and 59th minute to tie.  Scoring in the 84th and 86th minute to take the lead.  B-H made the final score close with a 90th minute goal.  Jozy Altidore led the US with a hat trick of goals.

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Columbus is the center of the American soccer universe tonight.  Both the US and Mexico lost last Friday.  US 3-1 at Costa Rica.  Mexico 2-1 at home against Honduras.  Mexico fired their coach.

 

A US win tonight might clinch their 2014 World Cup berth.  A Mexico loss might prevent them from getting an automatic qualifying spot.

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Another dos a cero USA win in Columbus!!!

 

And because Honduras tied Panama tonight, the US punched their ticket to Brazil.

 

Nothing irks the Mexicans more than losing to the USA at soccer, except asking them "yeah, it would be like us losing to you at real "football", right?   :evil:

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^^ Was Clint Dempsy's late penalty miss to preserve the "dos a cero" score line?  Perhaps ...  It has been a rallying cry against Mexico for the past 3 WC cycles. 

 

The game was extremely tense at first, Mexico came hunting for a goal and nearly got one on a few occasions.  But Tim Howard proved again and again that he is the rock you need back there.  After about the 30 min mark you could see Mexico begin to stiffen up and the US realize that with that early pressure withstood they could begin to take the game to Mexico.  Nearly scoring too on a corner, although Eddie Johnson got his fantastic header of a goal just after halftime.  Once that first goal went in you could feel the "Dos a Cero" scoreline coming.

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^^ Was Clint Dempsy's late penalty miss to preserve the "dos a cero" score line?  Perhaps ...  It has been a rallying cry against Mexico for the past 3 WC cycles. 

 

Pretty balsy if he missed it on purpose.  Nothing wrong with "tres a cero".

 

I'm just glad the USMNT won this game again in Columbus.  The WC Qualifying home game against Mexico is the most desirable game to host.  Crew Stadium has been awarded the game partly on the past three "dos a cero" games held here.  If the USMNT had lost this game, Seattle and Kansas City would have a bigger case to host this game in 2017.  But with this win, I think the USMNT would want to continue playing the US/Mexico match here.

 

EDIT: Great photo recap from CU at http://www.columbusunderground.com/usa-remains-undefeated-by-mexico-at-crew-stadium-with-2-0-win-me1

 

usa-mexico-2013-04.jpg

 

usa-mexico-2013-03.jpg

 

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^ I think that the Crew's new owner is going to be pushed to make some upgrades to the stadium.  It is nearly 15 years since it was opened and is in definite need of some upgrades. 

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^I agree.  And please get two more light towers at midfield.  The shadows produced by the existing four towers make it look like amateur hour on TV.

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It was an amazing atmosphere. Though the whole capo crap with AO Seattle was pretty silly.

 

I think substantial upgrades are forthcoming. It needs a roof and a more family friendly section (a decent concourse that isn't dominated by folks waiting in line for beer would be fine). Most importantly, it needs development and transportation that tie it to the city a bit more. Rumor has OHS is looking at there property next door for redevelopment as well, perhaps some synergies between these two neighbors.

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The U.S. clinched their World Cup berth back on September 10th in Columbus.  But two more sets of games remained.  Last Friday, the U.S. beat Jamaica 2-0 and clinched first place in the CONCACAF six-team final (i.e. The Hex).  The same day Costa Rica clinched 2nd and Honduras clinched 3rd.  The top three automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup.  The fourth-place finisher faces a home-and-away playoff with New Zealand to advance to the World Cup.  On Friday, Mexico beat Panama to move into 4th place.

 

Last night was the final set of games in The Hex.  Mexico played at Costa Rica, and only needed to get a tie to clinch 4th.  Instead, they lost 2-1!  This opened the door for Panama to advance into 4th place with a home win over the U.S. team.  The U.S. team, with nothing to play for, played mostly reserves.  Panama, with everything to play for, got an early 1-0 lead in the 18th minute.  The US tied it 1-1 in the 64th minute.  Then, Panama took the lead back in the 83rd minute.  Only to see the US score two goals after the 90th minute in second half stoppage time and win 3-2.

 

The US win/Panama loss keeps Mexico in 4th place and places them in the playoff with New Zealand.  If the US hadn't mounted that stoppage time comeback, Panama would have been in the playoff and Mexico would have been eliminated from the World Cup.  The US Soccer Federation tweeted #YoureWelcomeMexico after the game.

 

More about this and the Panama game hi-lights at http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1584570/us-wins-keeps-mexico-hopes-alive?cc=5901

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The one time I wish USMNT would have lost... Oh well. Hopefully Mexico loses the playoff game. It would be sweet seeing them out of the World Cup next year.

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I know Mexico is our most bitter rival in soccer.  But this recording of the Mexican announcers calling the US goal that tied Panama and sent Mexico into the playoff is just amazing.  The MLS website has the youtube recording at http://www.mlssoccer.com/sideline/news/article/2013/10/16/mexican-television-announcers-lose-their-mind-usmnt-win-sends-el-tri-playoff

 

The first 35 seconds is the best part.  Especially when the announcer says: (in spanish) "GOOOOAAAAAAL!!!! GOAL USA!  (then in english)  “We love you!  We love you forever and ever!  God Bless America!  (then back in spanish)  USA puts us in the playoffs!

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The one time I wish USMNT would have lost... Oh well. Hopefully Mexico loses the playoff game. It would be sweet seeing them out of the World Cup next year.

 

Its better for the region if Mexico is in the WC.  We have a better chance of maintaining our number of WC berths with them in.  Plus they are now forever in our debt. 

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Tomorrow is the draw for the opening round of the 2014 World Cup.  We'll see if the U.S. team gets an relatively easy draw or possibly the dreaded "Group of Death".  By the way, Mexico did survive their playoff with New Zealand to advance into the World Cup.  So, you're welcome El Tri.

 

I posted following in the newly formed 2014 World Cup thread:

 

The live draw for the 2014 World Cup will be shown on ESPN2 starting at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow - and probably some web feeds at FIFA.com or elsewhere too.  Here's some more about tomorrow's draw and a 2014 World Cup rundown:

 

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/final-draw/

 

http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2013/12/4/5081552/world-cup-draw-2014

 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1874015-2014-world-cup-draw-critical-start-time-live-stream-and-tv-info-for-fans

 

Moderator Note:  We had a 2010 World Cup thread that got some good discussion, so it made sense to start another thread for the 2014 World Cup.  Although, quite a bit of the discussion involved the U.S. team in the 2010 thread.  And we now have a separate USMNT thread to cover that discussion.  So we'll see how it goes this time with a World Cup and USMNT thread.  Hopefully the discussion doesn't get diluted or confusing having two threads covering this.  But there might some benefit to having one thread focused more on the non-US teams and this one focused on the USMNT.  If it doesn't, we can always merge the two threads.  Suggestions are welcome.

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The USMNT pulled off two improbable "friendly wins" this past week against two of Europe's best:

 

- First, last Friday, a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 win against the Netherlands:  http://www.starsandstripesfc.com/usmnt-friendly/2015/6/5/8737547/usa-vs-netherlands-2015-friendly-final-score-report

 

- Then, two days ago, a dramatic 2-1 win against Germany:  http://www.starsandstripesfc.com/usmnt-friendly/2015/6/10/8762159/usa-vs-germany-2015-friendly-final-score-report

 

And a new U.S. soccer star emerged in these games, Bobby Wood.  Wood is a Hawaiian-born 22-year-old playing in a second-division German league.  He came on as a second-half sub in both games to score the game-winning goals in both games!  His first two goals for the USMNT!

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Kilnsman should not be fired or even considered.  The US team is playing at its most competitive levels ever IMO.  They play up and down to competition.  The strategy is far superior to anything Bradley or Arenas implemented.  They can play with the big boys.  I don't look too much into the Gold Cup...they looked shaky the entire tournament, even in the wins.  They need to bring equal intensity against inferior opponents.  Advancing out of the group of death last year should make Klinsmann good for another 4 years.

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I hate to frame it like this, but the loss to Jamaica was sort of flukey, USA was the more dominant team and the six second call against Guzan was horse manure. But it prevented them from playing in the final, which is what people will remember. The Panama loss is meaningless.

 

It's too bad that Mexico cheated their way into the finals and won the whole thing.

 

October 9th can't come soon enough. I don't think Klinsmann's job should be on the line, but there are some that think that that match against Mexico for a spot in the Confederations Cup is a must-win for him.

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That's good news, but I'm a tad annoyed that Cleveland was not chosen to host any Copa America 2016 matches.

 

There's already going to be a lot of prep work going on for RNC then.

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Thew USMNT had their World Cup qualifying match in Columbus yesterday and won 4-0:  http://www.starsandstripesfc.com/2016/3/29/11327434/usa-vs-guatemala-world-cup-2018-qualifying-final-score-result-recap

 

After losing at Guatemala on Friday, yesterday's match was a "must-win" for the USMNT to advance into the final six-team round for 2018 World Cup Qualifying (aka The Hexagonal or The Hex).  Going into last night's match, it was estimated that a win gave the US a 92% chance to advance, a tie a 59% chance, and a loss only a 10% chance.  The US still has two more games against Trinidad and St. Vincent.  But if the US wins their next game at St. Vincent in September they'll clinch their spot in the Hex.

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Columbus is always good medicine.  I was at the game against Jamaica in 2012 where if they lost they would not have advanced.  Won 1-0 on September 11th...it was a crazy patriotic game and atmosphere.  That being said, whats with the stigma that people have of Columbus and Ohio in general.  Michael Bradley quoted after the game saying how great Columbus is, but probably because they don't have a lot of other stuff going on. Like what?  Sitting in traffic?  going to the beach?  I know I certainly didn't have time to watch the game last night.

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Columbus is always good medicine.  I was at the game against Jamaica in 2012 where if they lost they would not have advanced.  Won 1-0 on September 11th...it was a crazy patriotic game and atmosphere.  That being said, whats with the stigma that people have of Columbus and Ohio in general.  Michael Bradley quoted after the game saying how great Columbus is, but probably because they don't have a lot of other stuff going on. Like what?  Sitting in traffic?  going to the beach?  I know I certainly didn't have time to watch the game last night.

 

A lot of that is Cleveland's influence on the national culture, which is stronger with respect to negatives than people realize.  Even those who think Cleveland is boring subconsciously buy into the NE Ohio perception of Cow-lumbus.

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The USMNT won their final two group games against St. Vincent and Trinidad, advancing as one of the six regional teams for the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifying (aka: The Hex).  The first game scheduled in the Hex is our home game against Mexico on November 11.  And, as has been a long USMNT tradition, it will be played at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.

 

Full Hex schedule:  http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/gallery/usmnt-schedule-hex-2018-world-cup-qualifying-fixtures-090616

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Recap of the not-good, very-bad, terrible start to the USMNT World Cup final qualifying round:

 

-- Friday's 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus:  http://www.starsandstripesfc.com/2016/11/11/13606148/usa-vs-mexico-2018-world-cup-qualifying-final-score-recap

 

-- Last night's 4-0 loss at Costa Rica:  http://www.espnfc.us/blog/the-match/60/post/2996216/defensive-lapses-doom-us-in-costa-rica-as-klinsmann-future-left-in-doubt

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Sheesh.  They might not make it.  That would suck and put a damper on the momentum the sport has been building in this country. 

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