Thursday, February 10, 2005

A "Massive" Win

The US started their 2006 World Cup Qualifying finals campaign with a pair of steady Eddies providing the goals in a 2-1 win at Trinidad & Tobago yesterday. FC Dallas' 20-yr old Eddie Johnson headed in the 1st US goal in the 30th minute, for his incredible 6th US goal in only his 4th appearance with the national team. Former SJ Earthquake and current Preston North End (ENG) midfielder Eddie Lewis added an insurance goal in the 55th minute. Goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who called the road win "massive," let one in with a minute to play.

Sean Wheelock has a great piece today on the changing of expectations of the US team since that day in Trinidad in 1989.

In other Hexagonal action yesterday, Mexico got goals in the 7th and 8th minute to win at Costa Rica for the 1st time in 40 years, 2-1, and Panama and Guatemala played to a scoreless draw. The top three teams after the home-and-home round robin will qualify directly to next year's World Cup in Germany. The fourth-placed team will play off again the 5th place team in Asia for another berth. The US next plays at Mexico's Azteca Stadium, where it has never won, on Sunday, March 26th.

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