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WCQ Matchnight: USA at T&T

A victory tonight in Port of Spain would greatly enhance the USA's World Cup prospects.

A tie would leave them hanging in the balance with two matches left.

A loss could prove devastating with a trip to Honduras on the horizon.

(On a side note, we can all rest easy: England clinched today with a 5-1 romp over Croatia.)

Kickoff: 7:11 p.m. ET.
TV: ESPN Classic, Telefutura.

USA LINEUP: Howard; Spector, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Bornstein; Dempsey, Clark, Bradley, Donovan; Davies, Altidore. Subs: Guzan, Marshall, Torres, Ching, Cherundolo, Feilhaber, Holden.

USA lineup and subs soon.....

Mexico-Honduras (Telemundo) and El Salvador-Costa Rica are later.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame opinions about the USA match and all the others around the planet are welcome. (I will create a separate thread for the DCU-KC affair.)

By Steve Goff  |  September 9, 2009; 5:12 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Since there will be another thread, let's keep this DCU-spoiler-free...

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

And before anyone asks, check atdhe.net and channelsurfing.net for feeds.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy ESPNclassic again

Posted by: AshburnUnited | September 9, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

From USSoccer Twitter:

#usmnt starting 11: Howard; Spector, Onyewu, Bocanegra (c), Bornstein; Dempsey, Clark, Bradley, Donovan; Davies, Altidore

https://twitter.com/ussoccer/statuses/3872527962

Yes, Bornstein.

Posted by: addick | September 9, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Fine by me - let's roll!

Spain are now officially in for next Summer. No surprise there.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Hope Bornstein doesn't pull a Beazley.

Posted by: hacksaw | September 9, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

How many stupid passes (OK, botched clearances) does it take before Bradley stops putting Bornstein on the field

Posted by: DCUSince96 | September 9, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Borenstein. Ugh. He does not have the speed to keep up with T&T.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm not thrilled with Bornstein being out there, but given TNT's speed, I'd much rather him than Bocanegra hung out there on the left.

Posted by: ZidVicious | September 9, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

@ZidVicious

Which is why Spector should have been on the left and Cherundolo on the right.
Oh well.

Posted by: icehippo | September 9, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

True....

Posted by: ZidVicious | September 9, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

@AshburnUnited: Don't know if this helps you, but ESPN360 has been picked up by comcast. This is my lifeline to watching an English speaking broadcast from home tonight.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Have we ever had a right or left back that doesn't get skinned to bits by quick attacking players? It's an American tradition!

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

@AshburnUnited: Don't know if this helps you, but ESPN360 has been picked up by comcast. This is my lifeline to watching an English speaking broadcast from home tonight.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 6:37 PM

Careful if you're doing that while following online. ESPN360 is normally a couple minutes behind TV transmission.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Goal Davies! :-)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmm....not entirely happy with the inclusion of bornstein and bradley. but oh, well. shouldn't matter too much tonight.

Posted by: wordup1 | September 9, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

How does Bornstein get in the lineup over Cherundolo? Bornstein was an embarrassment out there against El Salvador. I'd rather see Spector on his weaker side because he at least wouldn't try a ridiculous overhead clearance into his own box.

On the other hand, we don't have Ching up top so at least Bob is slowly learning about that.

Posted by: Jared7 | September 9, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

wtf? why is Bornstein starting again? What does he have to do to get benched, give up 3 goals in a game?

Posted by: hudson22 | September 9, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

The good news is that I was able to get 2 tix for Oct 4 CR match on the USSF site.

Posted by: tfshea | September 9, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Paraguay 1-0 Argentina 28'

Argentina not looking good at all.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 9, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey just can't make a pass.

Posted by: tfshea | September 9, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Anybody ever wish they could tweak the volumes like you can on FIFA? Like turn down the commentary volume, and increase the crowd noise? I know I do!

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Lot of guys looking sloppy tonight....or tired. Gonna take a T&T goal to wake us up?

Posted by: FrancoNiell | September 9, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

do we realize that if we finish 4th we'll play argentina?!?!?!

man, we look bad so far.

as much as dempsey scores killer goals, sometimes he just plays so lackadaisically. he actually is a player who could probably stand to be benched every once in a while just to let him know. worked for hodgson....

i am pumped about altidore and davies in a way that i never have been about a us striking tandem.

thanks tim for that nice diving save.

Posted by: wordup1 | September 9, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Howard just saved our asses on that one. Nice!

Posted by: FrancoNiell | September 9, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

T&T are defending in numbers. I think it will take a set piece to break them down.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | September 9, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

US keeps giving ball away. No midfield possession. Lucky that Howard has made couple excellent saves.

Posted by: tfshea | September 9, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

What defending? TnT have been attacking much better than the US at this point.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 9, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Nice half time summary by A. Lalas on ESPN Classic. Sez US giving ball away too much & needs to tighten up their set piece play.

Posted by: tfshea | September 9, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow. That half was dreadful. It looks like quite a few of the players went into the match expecting to sleepwalk to a win. If the US doesn't score by the 60th minute, I would expect to see at least two substitutions. Preferably Dempsey and Bornstein come off. Dempsey's attitude is wearing thin, and I think we all realize what a liability Bornstein is.

Posted by: hartford1 | September 9, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

It's getting worse for Argentina, Veron gets a second yellow and is sent off.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 9, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Adios, Diego...

Posted by: tfshea | September 9, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

At this point, he can put Ching in for Dempsey. Hell, I'll take Guzan, but Clint Dempsey needs to not be on the field anymore.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

GET HIM THE EFF OFF THE FIELD!!!!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow - our only successful passes are back to Howard...

Posted by: tfshea | September 9, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

RICO WITH THE ROCKETTTTTT!!!!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Classic Goooaaallll - Clark....

Posted by: tfshea | September 9, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

This is getting painful to watch. Stuart & Feilhaber better bring it. Oh my, thank god....nice strike Clark. It all starts with Donovan as usual!

Posted by: USAMNTfan | September 9, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey gives the ball away almost every time. He was never in this game. Take him out please.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | September 9, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Even Benny is trying to play defense!! Get Clint Dempsey on the bench!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

i'm a big benny f. fan, but something tells me he won't see the pitch as much as he should.

bob needs to speak to dempsey. just find out what's going on and try and motivate him to perform at the top level that he is capable of more consistently. who knows...maybe he's like LaRon Profit?

and davies is dangerous. finally speed with finishing too.

Posted by: wordup1 | September 9, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

WTF??? does dempsey have the swine flu?

Posted by: birdynumnum | September 9, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

wordup - the laron profit analogy is perfect for dempsey.

Posted by: birdynumnum | September 9, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey is playing like Kwame Brown.

Posted by: tfshea | September 9, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

85th minute and Argentina has 1 shot on goal. Odds of Maradona getting fired before the final qualifiers?

Posted by: hartford1 | September 9, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I said I'd be okay with Ching coming on if it were for Dempsey, not Davies...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

ok, nice shot demps....you definitely get props, but I just want to see more out of our 2nd best (allegedly) field player...

Posted by: wordup1 | September 9, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Dempsey needs to play on the left for us too. He clearly plays more comfortable there, and I'd imagine Donovan can play on the right.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I guess Dempsey's pregame shot of heroin is finally starting to wear off.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

ps. dempsey looks like a monkey. i mean, literally, he looks like a monkey. or a weasel. some kind of animal though...

Posted by: wordup1 | September 9, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

JP just said "irregardless"...

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

...or peter lorre...

Posted by: birdynumnum | September 9, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Paraguay 1-0 Argentina FT.

It was over for Argentina when Martin Palermo came into the match.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 9, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

monkey's are perfectly capable of shooting dope. believe me.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Bob Bradley either needs to go a size up in sweatpants or untuck the shirt.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Just thought the same, Jacob.

LD almost scored, but I'd like to see some possession.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I would say that Bornstein looks like a midget out there, but that would be insulting to midgets.

Posted by: hartford1 | September 9, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

OK we'll take the 1-0 win. Not going to go very far playing like this though.

Posted by: tfshea | September 9, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Eat it Jack!

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

i HATE these types of games. no joy. no fun. only bad stuff can happen. just relief.

Posted by: birdynumnum | September 9, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey is a lazy player who gets lucky goals off other players' hard work. He did nothing this game. I take that back, around the 66th minute, he dribbled in a big circle and then gave the ball away.

Reignking, did you take a drink when JP said "irregardless?"

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

We were THIS MUCH better with Benny in the game. Unless Jones is back and healthy, he should be starting

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, a win is a win. The Mexico-Honduras game has had a very entertaining start. The Mexican fans seem much more into the proceedings early on here than they were in the first 9 minutes (pre-US goal) in the last Azteca game... Perhaps that has something to do with the way they wiped the floor with the Ticos down here on Saturday...

Posted by: CRgringo3 | September 9, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Is it still schadenfreude to be happy that Maradona lost?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Bob Bradley either needs to go a size up in sweatpants or untuck the shirt. Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta

Ha ha! I averted my eyes at that shot. Yeah, time to think khaki's for Bob. It's not a practice man. His opposite was in a suit.

Posted by: delantero | September 9, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The Honduran goalkeeper has made two really nice plays. The Mexicans are controlling the pace of play, though... and that usually bodes well for them under Aguirre...

Posted by: CRgringo3 | September 9, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Header there goes just wide for the Mexicans. 40-plus minutes into both late CONCACAF games and no goals have been scored...

Posted by: CRgringo3 | September 9, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

As deep as Brazil is...Nilmar (Jozy's "replacement" -- really, Nihat's, at Villarreal) starts and scores.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Mexicans continue to attack the box, but have nothing for their efforts at this point. Timing is just a smidge off.

ELS 0, CRC 0 at halftime in El Salvador.

Posted by: CRgringo3 | September 9, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what part Bradley's lazy attire played in our teams lazy performance? Regardless, I'll take the 3 points and suffer through a little male camel toe.

Posted by: USAMNTfan | September 9, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Off to the local watering hole for the second halves of the games in El Salvador and Mexico City.

Cheers, gents. This one went a long way to get us to South Africa...

Posted by: CRgringo3 | September 9, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

We can all be happy TnT stinks. A better opponent wipes the pitch with us tonight. Aside from Clark's golazo, who played well? Donovan in spurts, Spector and Gooch defended well and Bornstein had a good game by his standards. Otherwise that was a revolting display of laziness, no touch and no inspiration. Against a
team that was giving us acres if space
to work with. Both Bradleys should be bencher after that.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | September 9, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Another unconvincing win for the U.S. against a weak regional opponent. Midfield play improved in the second half with Feilhaber coming on but was mostly nonexistent between long balls into Altidore and goal kicks by Howard resulting in 50/50 balls.

As a practice exercise, why doesn't Bradley fine players who send the ball airborne as soon as it lands at their feet. These are the kind of games where they should be building confidence in their ability to work the ball through the midfield and maintain possession.

Dempsey's lack of effort simply looks like he has little respect for Bradley as a coach. With all the scrutiny the U.S. team gets now, why hasn't someone like Goff or Grant Wahl done some reporting to find out what's up with Dempsey when it comes to playing for the national team? The contrast with his harder, more disciplined play for Fulham begs the question.

Posted by: hudson22 | September 9, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey's lack of effort simply looks like he has little respect for Bradley as a coach. With all the scrutiny the U.S. team gets now, why hasn't someone like Goff or Grant Wahl done some reporting to find out what's up with Dempsey when it comes to playing for the national team? The contrast with his harder, more disciplined play for Fulham begs the question.

Posted by: hudson22
********************

Hudson, haven't you been reading the reporting from your fellow insiders?

A. Dempsey is lazy.
B. Dempsey is a monkey.
C. Dempsey shoots heroin in the locker room before games.

All things considered, I'd say Clint had a pretty decent performance.

Tonight's game was a World Cup qualifier so I'll take tonight's ugly win over a moral victory.

Mexico and Honduras still scoreless entering the 60th minute.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 9, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

@Hudson 22

Wayne Drehs had a piece on espn.com which mentioned Dempsey having a "heart-to-heart" with Bradley during the Confederations Cup.

Seems like he doesn't want to play for the U.S. at times. I noticed when he was in midfield he had his socks down while he was lazying about, then when he got to forward he pulled them up. Strange dude. Seems like he thinks he's better than his teammates or just wants to play striker. Who knows? I haven't been this disappointed in the U.S. since the first Brazil game in the Confederations Cup.

Posted by: Lucius2 | September 9, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Curses, Blanco!

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Nilmar...

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

El Salvador leads Costa Rica 1-0. Rudis Corrales scored. 2 minutes plus maybe some stoppage time left at Cuscatlan.

Memo Ochoa just made a big save from Rambo de Leon's hard angled near post shot. Mexico leads 1-0 in the 89'.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 9, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

ES just scored!?
And do these central american affairs ever not get ugly?
Blanco being take off on a stretcher...

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Cantor says El Salvador just beat Costa Rica.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 9, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Carlos Pavon just got open at far post but headed the incoming corner kick just over the crossbar. About 2 more minutes of stoppage time at the Azteca.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 9, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I've got to admit when I saw demspey nodding out during the anthem I was worried. Normally we don't really see the signs before the game even starts that he's going to loll around like he ate too many chicken wings and drank a 40 of Old English after smoking a couple blunts until after the match kicks off.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Joyful scenes at the Azteca as Amado Guevara hacks down Cuauhtemoc Blanco, earning a yellow and missing the next qualifier against the USA!

In other news the game just finished w Mexico winning 1-0 on Blanco's 2nd half PK.

After Matchday 8, I think the Hex stands as follows:

USA 16 pts
Mexico 15 pts
Honduras 13 pts
Costa Rica 12 pts
El Salvador 8 pts
T&T 5 pts

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 9, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

So, ummm, thanks El Salvador!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

So is Mexico playing their next game at home too?

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes DadRyan, they play El Salvador at home. We're gonna get a largely suspended Honduras team in San Pedro Sula, and then Costa Rica at home in DC, needing just one point for automatic qualification.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

It might come down to Costa Rica at RFK. I hope we don't lose to Honduras, but it's a road game, and we haven't played well. The Costa Rica game would decide who finishes fourth.

Posted by: majoson | September 9, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, the table looks as it should. Everyone panicking about Mexico months ago, when Sven was fired, only had to look at the schedule to see that they had so many home games yet to play.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, how did Mexico end up with El Salvador AND T and T for their last 2?

Of the final four teams vying for three spots, we absolutely have the toughest road . . away at Honduras and home against CR.

Every other squad has to play at least one game against a team that is out of contention. No wonder that after the game tonight, Bradley asked the T and T coach to keep playing hard and knock off one of the big teams.

Posted by: delantero | September 9, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Pretty good night tonight in DC for everyone not named Joe Wilson (idiot!). DCU and USA get ugly 1-0 victories. I'll take ugly wins any day over very well played draws.

Posted by: croftonpost | September 9, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The Good, Bad and the Ugly -- CONCACAF edition

The Good: Ricardo Clark's wonder strike from nowhere; Cauhtemoc Blanco's beautifully placed penalty kick; El Salvador's win at home to stay alive in the hexagonal.

The Bad: Clint Dempsey, who played like he had swine flu, and a largely indifferent performance from the USA side; Courtney Campbell's refereeing in Azteca, which had the 4 commentators on ESPN Deportes' Futbol Picante post show in total agreement as they discussed for at least 10 minutes just how bad Campbell was (all 4 agreed that there was no foul/penalty, but also thought Blanco was not offside on the waived-off goal -- interestingly, Cantor seemed to think it was a clear penalty as he declared "inapelable" -- unappealable); and Amado Guevara, who received a yello card for a last minute foul against Blanco, after Guevara clearly lost patience with Blanco's unsportsmanlike acting performance rolling around on the ground for much of the last 10 minutes -- Guevara will miss the game against the USA.

The Ugly: What else? Blanco's absurd antics which spoiled any respect he might have earned from a bravura performance. He ruins the game -- plain and simple. Good riddance when he's finally done.

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The Ugly, pt. 2: I forgot to add Costa Rica, which is imploding in the hexagonal. The way they are playing right now, they may lose both of their last 2 games -- which could leave them totally out of the qualifying scramble.

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Honduran Yellows tonight . . which ones are out for the US match?

Name Min
Danilo Turcios (2)
Osman Chavez (62)
Carlos Costly (77)
Amado Guevara (90)

I hate Blanco. Thanks, Blanco, only thing you ever did!

Did you see how pathetic he was being carried off the field then bouncing up and into the game? Any decent ref would have ignored him for the final minute or two before letting him on.

Posted by: delantero | September 9, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

UEFA suspended Eduardo, right? Let's see this simulating penalized, too.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

I hate Blanco is too redundant. Hating Blanco became a national past time several years ago. What an embarassment he is to the sport.

Posted by: croftonpost | September 9, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Of the final four teams vying for three spots, we absolutely have the toughest road . . away at Honduras and home against CR.

Every other squad has to play at least one game against a team that is out of contention. No wonder that after the game tonight, Bradley asked the T and T coach to keep playing hard and knock off one of the big teams.

Posted by: delantero | September 9, 2009 11:26 PM |

@delantero -- your analysis is lacking a little. There are 5 times in contention, not 4. I wouldn't give Honduras a free pass into qualifying either, as they have to get points against the USA and may then be facing an El Salvador side that will be playing for a miraculous finish. If El Salvador can win in Mexico, they could be playing Honduras for 4th place -- maybe even 3rd (if Costa Rica doesn't get 3 points against T & T).

And, if the Ticos don't beat T T, they may yet slide to 5th.

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I've got to admit when I saw demspey nodding out during the anthem I was worried. Normally we don't really see the signs before the game even starts that he's going to loll around like he ate too many chicken wings and drank a 40 of Old English after smoking a couple blunts until after the match kicks off.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 11:01 PM
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Interesting observation, Dad. I happened to catch Fox Fone-In last night. Wynalda implied that Beasley has a drug problem. He said he'd never seen anyone respond so badly to getting European money. And, he said, Beas should never have gone to a city where drugs are legal. I wonder why you're the first person I've heard say something along the same lines about Dempsey. He seems to be largely under control in England, but his play for the USA is ridiculously erratic.

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Bornstein is one of Bradley's boys; he's one of the reasons Bradley holds his current job, if you think about it.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 10, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

We're gonna get a largely suspended Honduras team in San Pedro Sula, and then Costa Rica at home in DC, needing just one point for automatic qualification.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 11:10 PM

I don't think it's as certain as one point from two matches (though a draw at RFK will get us through - irregardless :-)...

We would qualify instantly if Trinidad beats Costa Rica at Saprissa - even with CR imploding, that's not likely (though that brings Bradley's post match comment to Latapy into light: "take out one of the big boys")

If Costa Rica draw and we lose, we're near certainties for qualification - unless we're blown out in Honduras. Draw in Saprissa and draw in Honduras - party time.

Now if we lose and Costa Rica win - then it could be Maalox time. Cause then you're most likely going to see a mish mashed top four with 1. 18pts, 2. 16pts, 3. 16pts. 4. 15pts. And that's just about anyone's game on the final day - though we could certainly get by there with a draw.

So best case scenario, get the point in Honduras and make it all over bar the shouting. Worst case - we must get a result at RFK. We could, in theory, draw in Honduras then get blown away at RFK and not qualify. Again, perish the thought.

Hell, let's just win in Honduras - how bout that?!

Posted by: Kev29 | September 10, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Will RFK sell out the CR match? I'm starting to think I may just have to buy a couple tickets now!?

Posted by: DadRyan | September 10, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

fischy: I was reading about that -- DMB had a DUI there, and Wynalda might have referring to that. That maybe a young kid with tons of money and everything available is a tough place to be.

Posted by: Reignking | September 10, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

godfather - why does bradley owe so much to bornstein?

Posted by: wordup1 | September 10, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

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