Thursday, March 31, 2005

3 Valuable Points

The US was literally head and shoulders above a shorter Guatemala team last night at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL, taking their WCQ match, 2-0, on goals from Dallas F Eddie Johnson (his 8th in 8 national team appearances) and New England M Steve Ralston. Johnson nearly had a pretty bicycle kick goal, which was saved by the Guatemalan keeper, and LA Galaxy M Landon Donovan had a goal called back on a horrible offside call. Add a missed Guatemalan handball in the box and this match could have ended 5-0. With the win, the US moves into 2nd place in the six-team Hexagonal with seven matches remaining. Other scores from last night: PAN 1-MEX 1, and TTO 0, CRC 0.

The current standings:
After 3 of 10 matches (W-L-T, Pts, GD)
1. Mexico 2-0-1, 7, +2
2. USA 2-1-0, 6, +2
3. Guatemala 1-1-1, 4, +2
4. Costa Rica 1-1-1, 4, +0
5. Panama 0-1-2, 2 -1
6. Trinidad 0-2-1, 1, -5

Matchday 4 will be held on Saturday, June 4th.
The schedule:
Panama at Trinidad
Mexico at Guatemala
Costa Rica at USA (Salt Lake City)

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