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Matchday: Qualifiers and Friendlies

CONCACAF wraps up the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup today with four critical matches:

*USA-Guatemala in Denver (8 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic and Galavision; tape on ESPN2 at 10 p.m.)
*T&T-Cuba in Port of Spain
*Honduras-Mexico in San Pedro Sula (8 p.m., Telemundo)
*Jamaica-Canada in Kingston

Group A: T&T needs only a tie to join the USA in the final round. Guatemala must beat the USA and hope Cuba defeats T&T.

Group B: Mexico leads with 10 points and can assure itself of the group title and a berth in the next round with a draw. Honduras (nine) can guarantee a place with a victory, but also can advance with a draw if Jamaica (seven) beats Canada by no more than five goals. Jamaica must beat Canada by a significant margin and hope for either a victory by Mexico over Honduras or for Honduras to beat Mexico by a lopsided score.

Group C: Costa Rica and El Salvador have clinched.

The final-round draw will be held Saturday morning.

Asia qualifiers:
Saudi Arabia-South Korea 11:30 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel
Bahrain-Australia 1:30 p.m. FSC
Qatar-Japan 3:30 p.m. FSC

Friendlies:
Ireland-Poland 2:30 p.m. Setanta
Germany-England 2:45 p.m. GolTV
France-Uruguay 3 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Denmark-Wales
Brazil-Portugal
Colombia-Nigeria
Scotland-Argentina
Israel-Ivory Coast
Netherlands-Sweden
Greece-Italy
Spain-Chile

Keep an eye on the FIFA Web site throughout the day for scores and match reports.

Thoughts on the USA lineup? Honduras or Jamaica in Group B?

I am on my way to Los Angeles today for MLS Cup and probably won't rejoin you again until Thursday.

By Steve Goff  |  November 19, 2008; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Comments

Thanks for the updates, Steve.

Hope you have a good time out in LA.....look forward to your MLS Cup posts.

Posted by: Smitty8 | November 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

According to ESPN own TV listings:

3 PM on ESPN Deportes is Scotland/Argentina, and at 5 PM on Deportes, its France/Uruguay.

And apparently, Italy - Greece is being shown on ESPN 2 at 4:30

Posted by: hokieunited | November 19, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh man - should have remembered to DVR the Argentina match - doh!

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Sunday in LA... mostly sunny, high of 74. Sounds good to me!

Guess rain would actually be the better forecast for people in Southern California though.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm a bit disappointed as I thought Mexico was in greater peril of elimination.

Even with a Mexican loss to Honduras, and a Jamaican win over Canada the scores would have to be big enough to overcome the rest of current 7-goal differential which now favors Mexico.

Standings in Espanol:

http://www.mediotiempo.com/concacaf/eliminatorias_mundialistas/sudafrica_2010/grupos.php

Canada's chance to go to the World Cup is pretty slim. They will have to dig a very broad canal from Lake Superior to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and convince FIFA that, as an island, they are part of Oceania.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 19, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Jamaica should be able to advance, regardless of goal differential, if they beat Canada AND Honduras loses at home against Mexico.

That would give Mexico 13 points, Jamaica 10 points, Honduras 9 points, Canada 2 points.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I am rooting for Reggae Boyz to put the wood to the Leafs tonight if only for the Setanta puppet parody this weekend of 'It' running for his life to the airport after El Tri loses.

That's brilliant, that.

Posted by: IamAM | November 19, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

England team to face Germany - if you're into that sort of thing...

James, Johnson, Upson, Terry, Bridge, Wright-Philips, Barry, Carrick, Downing, Defoe, Agbonlahor

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Joel is right. Honduras has 9 points and Jamaica with 7. The goal differential would only come in if Honduras draws with Mexico and the Reggae Boys beat Canada (tie-breaker between Jamaica and Honduras) -- or if Honduras beats Mexico and Jamaica wins (tie-breaker between Jamaica and Mexico).

If Honduras loses (I'm saying this is likely) and the Reggae Boys beat Canada (definitely possible), Jamaica advances.

Posted by: fischy | November 19, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

BTW -- is Rossi in the US camp? No? What about Convey -- at least he's eligible, even if he's not so good.

Posted by: fischy | November 19, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Half-American Jermaine Jones gets his third cap (and a start) for Germany tonight.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

U20-Women on ESPN2.
USA 2 - France 0 in the 64th. US keeper just stopped a screamer from 25 yards out. She leaped to tip it into the bar and, luckily, it came out. Had it gone in it would have been spectacular.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 19, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Great atmosphere for the Ireland-Poland friendly at Croke Park, with both teams in decent form and the millions of Poles in Ireland.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

USA 3 France 0 final. The US goalkeeper was phenomenal. Don't be surprised if one of her saves winds up on SportsCenter tonight.

Posted by: Juan-John | November 19, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Giuseppe Rossi got his first start for Italy today...

Posted by: Reignking | November 19, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

3 jeers -- I mean cheers, for the Jersey boy.

Posted by: fischy | November 19, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Italy-Greece is indeed on ESPN2 right now. Oh joy!!!!

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | November 19, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I just went to the bathroom and missed THREE GOALS in the Ireland match. That might be a personal record for one trip to the gents ;-)

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: postgolb | November 19, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I like soccer.

(My web page isn't refreshing, so I thought I'd write something even more mundane than usual to fix the problem...)

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 19, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

A better test of your browser would be to type "I hate soccer" to see how many responses you elicit. Or maybe "I like Red Bull New York."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 19, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

USA Starting Line-up

Guzan; Thorrington, Goodson, Parkurst, Bornstein; Adu, Mastroeni (c), Clark, Kljestan; Cooper, Altidore.

(from http://twitter.com/ussoccer)

Posted by: emanon1 | November 19, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I'm pretty surprised by that lineup. Should be interesting!

Posted by: dculuva | November 19, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting team indeed, excited to watch. Glad the fans in SLC get to see some excellent young players in a meaningless match (in terms of qualification)

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

cooper brace tonight...in what is sure to be his only cap in qualifying...

Posted by: sdgterp | November 19, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Of course by SLC, I mean Commerce City :-)

And there's no one there

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Freddy and Jozy a cut above here...we'll give the rest some time to settle down but don't have high hopes for the back line.

Posted by: Beckster1 | November 19, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Jozy should have pounded that chance home after a great ball from Kljestan

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Is Kenny "roid rage" Cooper even in this game?
If Freddy is such a 10 dude should put the mother on frame when he gets a chance.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I generally dislike penalty kicks ... but that should have been a PK if I ever saw one.

Game available online at http://atdhe.net/live-tv-640.html

Posted by: Cerealman | November 19, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Gimme a break, Jozy looks like the only thing he's picked up on the bench in Spain is a penchant for diving and throwing up his arms like Adu. If you're a BIG STRONG American player you should start acting like it. So far most of these dude's haven't impressed me.
If the only thing these guys are going to learn in Europe is to dive like little sissy boys and throw up their arms when they don't get the call then screw em.
Put Rolfe in already!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

At halftime, Mex-Honduras draw. Andres Cantor says Honduras has had the clearest chances, but the only Honduras highlight they showed was a Guevara free kick that nearly produced an own goal.

One goal by El Tri, and the Reggae Boys get through...

Posted by: fischy | November 19, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Goal USA.

One minute earlier, goal for Honduras. This time, the Mexican defense was able to beat Sanchez. In the first half, they just put it over their own crossbar, but this time the defender found the back of the net.

Posted by: fischy | November 19, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Nice look by Pablo!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Jesus christ that was a nice one, Freddy.

Posted by: Colm1 | November 19, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Alright, alright, now that was a #10 worthy free kick! The sickness!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Awesome GOAL by Freddy!!!!!! Woo!

Posted by: kris77 | November 19, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Mine eyes have the glory of the coming of Adu.

He has dribbled, he has passed, he has shaked and baked and juked.
He has nutmegged, he has crossed, and he has finally scored a goal!

His truth goes marching on!

Glory, Glory, Freddy A--du

Glory, Glory, Freddy Aaa--du

Glory, Glory, Freddy Aaa--du

His truth is marching on!

Posted by: fischy | November 19, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Excellent free kick- that beats most keepers

Posted by: carmines757 | November 19, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

It would have been great if Mexico hadn't made it.

Posted by: sitruc | November 19, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

To quote Dave Johnson,

"Freddy Adu. How DO you do!"

Posted by: Juan-John | November 19, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Mexico gets in spite of losing by a rather spectacular own goal and having 2 players redcarded in San Pedro Sula. Andres Cantor says they get into the Hex via "panzaso" which I believe means "belly flop".

Good game by the experimental US lineup in Colorado. Two nice goals by Cooper and Freddy and pretty good overall creativity and possesion. When I first saw Bradley's callups for this game I thought there was a pretty good chance Guatemala would win.

Where was "el Loco" Rodriguez?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 19, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't look like Sven is going to be in that job this time next year. Not unless El Tri start playing a whole lot better. At this rate, I foresee the US going into Azteca and delivering the final blow, when Mexico fails to win...

Posted by: fischy | November 19, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Mexico is done.....

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | November 19, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The US attack is looking much more methodical than ever before -- and I mean that in a good way. Clinical attacking. Some awkwardness, but overall pretty good. Making big strides.

The defense let down late, but Guzan was up to the task. Still wish Perkins had gotten in. I guess there will be some friendlies in the months ahead...Maybe Perkins will get in then...

Posted by: fischy | November 19, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Don't kid yourselves in regard to the USA v Guate match. That was a watered down Chapine line up . . and a completely different one that took us to the wire in Guatemala City.

Their new coach is looking to the future . . . and, after tonight, it looks as bleak as the present.

Dadryan is right on in observing that Jozy has learned how to raise his hands in disbelief rather than fighting for goals.

His first half abandonment from a clear shot so that he could pass toward Cooper was a bad mistake for the chosen one . . and a bad omen for a striker.

All in all, Guatemala didn't seem to care that this was a make or break game for them. I have a feeling if they played with their 11 from the first match, it might have been different.

Posted by: delantero | November 19, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

After this game, it is hard to criticize our side.Glad to see Cooper and Freddy score. Just the same:Jozy and Cooper don't have the on-the-ball skills for the next level,maybe CONCACAF but certainly not WC.Robbie Rogers is better,and a better project.Re Jozy:He must be on the left wing ,cutting in to be effective,for now;at this stage he cannot play as a target.Surprising to see how few high balls he gets to,in view of his size.But I am not worried b/c he has time to develop. Our MF was very solid but hard to judge given the opposition. In DF I was surprised how well Gooden and Parkhurst played; Bornstein is no option against strong teams but a BB favorite.
Anybody know why C Davies was not there? he seems to be the most dangerous striker we have --against quality opposition.Coach P

Posted by: bechtoldpk | November 20, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Who got carded for Mexico? Any chance the draw gods smile on us and put us at Mexico in the first game, when they both must sit out? We're due some luck in the draw.

Posted by: Hokienautic | November 20, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

It's a cliche, but youth was served today with strong performances by the MNT's young 'uns and the WNT U-20s. An excellent day for the future of US soccer.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 20, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Carlos Vela got what must have been the 2nd red card, for a rough tackle in the corner in the last minutes. I didn't see the other one.

Jozy might not have the best vertical leap -- he did seem almost stuck to the ground on Cooper's high cross. However, I wouldn't say he's not suited to the target role. I think he creates a lot of chances on his own, when he does get to the passes. He's not the same player McBride was, to be sure. Not as deadly in the air, but better able to create with the ball at his feet. Still, that doesn't necessarily mean he's better on the wing. I think he's best when he's in front of the goal, but his assist to Cooper does show he can contribute in other ways.

True, passing up that early shot, for a soft slotted cross was not the right play -- and he hit too softly besides. On the other hand, it's not an omen. Josmer just turned 19 -- 2 weeks ago. I wouldn't make too much of this mistake. He will grow in confidence, and he will be more willing to take the shot himself.

Posted by: fischy | November 20, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Agree with fischy's last post re Jozy; but he MUST play.It is good to have daily practice with the strong players at Villareal, but he should accept being loaned out to a team that really needs him now and lets him make mistakes to learn from.
Also,did you notice how Freddy's play tailed off after his score? He was clearly winded b/c of lack of play. Earlier on he was our most important "link player".CP

Posted by: bechtoldpk | November 20, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Half-American Jermaine Jones gets his third cap (and a start) for Germany tonight.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 19, 2008 2:21 PM
_________________________________________

He is apparently no relation to another prominent German-American, Steffi Jones, who used to play for the Freedom, although his Wiki page indicates that they are friends.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 20, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

All in all I gotta admit I was a little harsh in the beginning of the game, and was stoked to see those guys start.
I still think that throwing up your arms and flopping are habits that should be avoided especially while they are still so young. Save that for the later stages of your career when you start having a hard time keeping up(Blanco).
All in all I enjoyed this match more than the Last one vs T&T.
Freddy's free was awesome. Nice work by Emostache for jumping over the ball in a positive way:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 20, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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