Thursday, March 10, 2005

US Teams Go 3-0-1 on Wednesday

US National and club teams had an impressive day yesterday, posting a 3-0-1 record in three competitions in the US and abroad.

The US Men's National Team got goals from newbies Pat Noonan (New England) and Chad Marshall (Columbus) and veteran Clint Mathis (Real Salt Lake) to beat Colombia 3-0 before 7,000 fans at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, CA. First-time starter John Busch (Columbus) got the shutout in goal. The international friendly was one of two tune-up matches for the Easter Sunday WCQ in Mexico City. The US next plays Honduras in Albequerque, NM on Saturday the 19th. The US hasn't lost in 15 matches (10-0-5) since a 1-0 defeat in Holland last February. Over the streak, the US has outscored its opponents 31-7.

MLS Cup Champion DC United used a second half goal my Josh Gros to take a 2-1 lead over Jamaica's Harbour View FC in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champion's Cup first round matchup in Germantown, MD, before 3,000 fans. A horrible defensive error by goalie Nick Rimando allowed Harbour View to score. The two play the return leg of the aggregate goals match in Kingston on the 16th.

US Open Cup Champion Kansas City Wizards settled for a scoreless draw in their first-round, first-leg match with Costa Rica's Saprissa at Arrowhead Stadium. The second leg will be held in San Jose, CR, on the 17th.

The US Women's National Team opened the 2005 Algarve (Portugal) Cup with a 1-0 victory over France. Christie Welsh scored the only goal in the 20th minute. The US faces Finland on Friday.

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