Wednesday, March 09, 2005

More US Dates Set, The Beas hits Net

Learning from past miscues, US Soccer has placed final-round World Cup Qualifying matches in cities unlikely to attract strong opposition support.

Today, Concacaf announced that the US will face Trinidad on Wed. Aug. 17th at Hartford's Rentschler Field. On Saturday, September 3rd, the US will host Mexico at Columbus' Crew Stadium.

Other home matches this round will be held in Birmingham, AL on 3/30 vs. Guatemala, and Salt Lake City on 6/4 vs. Costa Rica.

The days of playing Latin American teams in LA and Miami thankfully appear to be over.

Yanks Abroad
Earlier today, US and PSV Eindoven striker DaMarcus Beasley scored only two minutes after coming off the substitutes bench in a 2-0 (3-0 aggregate) win over host side AS Monaco in the European Champions League round of 16. PSV moves on to the quarterfinal vs. an opponent TBD. Landon Donovan played the first 53 minutes in Bayer Leverkusen's 3-1 (6-1) loss to Liverpool in Germany. noted that Donovan had "a disappoining night." Yesterday, Tim Howard played 90 minutes in Manchester United's 1-0 loss to AC Milan at the San Siro. Man U. was eliminated 2-0 on aggregate.

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