Thursday, September 11, 2008

Another US Men’s National Team win!

Last night, the U.S. Men’s National Team earned their fifth consecutive shutout in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with an impressive 3-0 win Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago in front of 11, 452 fans at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. First half goals from Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey were complemented by a second half strike from Brian Ching to keep the U.S. in first place in Group 1 with nine points after three matches. Just last weekend they beat Cuba in rain soaked Havana 1-0 and got out of town just ahead of hurricane Ike. The game last night against T&T looked more like the way the US team should be playing in these qualifying games. They completely controlled the pace of the game and were able to score on a couple of set pieces. They definitely played better than the previous two games on the road. It could be that the field was better lit up than the previous two games. The stadiums in Cuba and Guatemala looked like they had 4 light poles total. I am surprised they could see the ball it was so dark in those stadiums! In Cuba, you couldn’t even tell if there were fans watching the game because you couldn’t see the stands. Maybe that is why the US hasn’t played down there in 61 years! Well, that and the embargo!
Here is Michael Bradely redirecting the ball for the 1st goal of the night!

Anyway, the US Men’s team looked really good last night and no one got hurt. That is a huge plus at this stage of the qualifying. They will get a break from qualifying until the second leg of games begins for the Semifinal Round. The U.S. will face Cuba on Oct. 11th in Washington, D.C., before traveling to take on Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15th. The U.S. wraps up Semifinal Round qualifying against Guatemala on Nov. 19 Commerce City, Colorado.

Nice job guys!

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