Thursday, November 18, 2004

US Soccer Readies for the WC 2006 Hexagonal

Last night, the US Men's National Soccer team finished the World Cup 2006 CONCACAF Semifinal qualifying round with a 1-1 draw vs. Jamaica in Columbus. Dallas Forward Eddie Johnson scored for the US, for his 5th goal in three matches this year.

The US won its group handily with a 3-0-3 record, and along with second-place finisher Panama, advances to next year's qualifying finals, along know as "The Hexagonal." Qualifying from other groups were Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The top three finishers of the 2005's year-long "Hex" will qualify directly for World Cup 2006 in Germany, and the fourth-place finisher will play the 5th place Asian team in a home-and-away series for a World Cup berth. On paper, the US should have little trouble qualifying for Germany.

The team's record vs. Hex opponents since 2000:
vs. Costa Rica: 3-2-1
vs. Guatemala: 1-0-1
vs. Mexico: 6-1-1
vs. Panama: 1-0-1
vs. Trinidad: 1-0-1
TOTAL: 12-3-5

The US, currently ranked 11th in the world by FIFA, finished its 2004 season with a 8-1-6 record, with the lone loss coming vs. Holland in Amsterdam in February. The US finished the season with a 13-match unbeaten streak. Since 2000, the US record is 45-19-19. The US also has a 29-match unbeaten streak against CONCACAF opponents, dating back to a 0-2 loss in Costa Rica on 9/5/2001.

The schedule for the Hex will be determined next month. The first matchday is February 9th.


Cristiano Ronaldo said...

Well that was the 2006 World Cup. Now gear up for the 2010 world cup at Soccer Highlights & Cristiano Ronaldo

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