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Poll: CONCACAF Finale

Though passage to South Africa is secure, USA Coach Bob Bradley does not plan to ease up in the qualifying finale tomorrow night at RFK Stadium. At stake is first place ahead of Mexico and an undefeated record at home through the entire qualifying cycle.

Meantime, Costa Rica (15 points) needs a victory to guarantee a berth in the World Cup, though the Ticos will still advance if Honduras (13) loses or ties at El Salvador. The Catrachos hold the goal-difference tiebreaker over Costa Rica and are highly motivated but psychologically scarred from Saturday's emotional defeat to the USA. And consider this about the Salvadorans: They've already tied the USA and beaten both Mexico and Costa Rica at Estadio Cuscatlan, and undoubtedly would like to relegate their neighboring rivals to the playoff against a South America foe.

That said.....

By Steve Goff  |  October 13, 2009; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , Poll  
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for some reason, I really wnat Honduras to advance...

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | October 13, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

What about a button for "T&T wins, Mexico sacks manager"?

Posted by: BaltoFan | October 13, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Will the El Salavador - Honduras game set off Football War II ?

Posted by: Charisma_Man | October 13, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I just figured Mexico managers were on a semi annual rotation anyway...

Bradley may not be best coach in the game, but I do like the consistency.

Posted by: vivzig | October 13, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

ONe team is highly invested emotionally and must get a result. The other comes off a successful but emotionally draining game and has nothing to play for (forget first place in the group; that's coach-speak. They ar in, that's all that matters). Costa Rica 3, US 1, as the more passionate team carries the day.

Posted by: Throwin64 | October 13, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

for some reason, I really wnat Honduras to advance...

Posted by: bonghits4gomez

here's some reasons:

1. they have numerous good & exciting players to watch, and could actually be competitive in the WC (moreso than T&T and CR (and the U.S.) in '06)
2. the players and fans weren't ridiculously hostile toward the US and its team on Saturday
3. they're not Mexico
4. they haven't made the WC since 1982 and it's nice to get some new blood in there (see: UEFA).

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | October 13, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm rooting for Honduras simply because they were respectful towards our players by all accounts.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | October 13, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Throwin64 -

yeah, the US is just going to lay down and rollover at home to a team that humiliated them a few weeks back. I have no idea why people are so easy to put the USMNT to the fire, especially in CONCACAF. The USMNT is inconsistent I'll give you that, especially on the road but that does not put them in an automatic 3 goal deficit against CONCACAF teams AT HOME.

To hear people talk a few days ago, the US was supposed to get CREAMED in Honduras, Casey was not worth an bellybutton lint, and don't forget the obligatory Bob Bradley sucks, or should be fired comments. Even after these guys just stuffed your collective mouths with pre-historic, dinosaur sized, roadkill crow people still have mouth room to say ridiculous things. I wonder if people actually understand the game, or how difficult it is to qualify ANYWHERE on the globe. Mexico had a great Coppa America but were just a few weeks ago on the brink of being left out. Argentina is sweating bullets, Portugal...ah, why do I even bother. We are starting to sound like English fans who think it is their divine right to win everything football.

Our program is growing and it is quite eveident to those who dare to observe the markers. But when I hear people say "qualifying in CONCACAF should be a given, it's advancing out of the group stage that matters" I have to admit there are no other set of words that irk me more than those. Because I struggle to find reason to support such a notion. My question to that position is simply, why? Is it because we made it out of the group in 2002? One time in how many years and that's ground for such an expectation? A more tremendously stupid and reckless logic construct I have yet to see (well, in the American soccer world that is).

We are qualifying (6 straight times, that's 24 years) that's some good consistency - especially since you are bound to run into a bad cycle or two in that amount of time. Plus it's not as if time stands still for your opponents - they have a right to get better too.

So let's stop thinking we are Brazil and appreciate what our guys do for us. Oh and let's give them some credit, especially when they are playing at home.

Sorry Chest for stealing and abusing your format.

Posted by: Kosh2 | October 13, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I think the US potentially has a lot to play for tomorrow.

Winning our qualifying group + our showing in the Confederation Cup could give FIFA enough of a reason to give us one of the seeds and thus potentially make our group in South Africa a little bit easier.

It may not happen anyway, but winning our group will certainly help a lot.

Posted by: QuietSide | October 13, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Costa Rica has shown nothing on the road this round; they are one of several CONCACAF teams which thrive on home cooking and little else. So despite a new coach and a home romp against a team that had little to play for, it's hard to see how they will get any result out of this game, unless the USMNT is thoroughly shell-shocked by Charlie Davies's horrific car accident.

El Salvador hates Honduras; they've been good at home and Honduras bad on the road, so it's hard to see Honduras getting three points there.

Having said that, IMO we shouldn't write off Honduras's or even Costa Rica's chances in the playoffs. Honduras has the talent; I think they'd have a better chance against Ecuador or even Argentina, who's looked incredibly vulnerable lately. If they can barely manage to beat lowly Peru thanks to a last-minute "miracle" goal at home, why wouldn't Honduras stand a decent chance against them?

Posted by: jetchs | October 13, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I root for Honduras because they are more the underdogs, it would be really cool to see what they can bring to South Africa, because I gather they were decent to our team unlike consistent crap our team face in Costa Rica and Mexico, and most important Saprissa is going to be a much harder place for the Conmebol #5 to win and it would be great to have 4 Concacaf teams at the big dance again.

Would like to see the poll broken down into votes before we heard about Davies' injury and votes afterward.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | October 13, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

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