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Saturday kickaround: USA women, MLS playoffs, college soccer roundup

By Steve Goff

*With the stunning loss to Mexico late Friday, the U.S. women's national team now faces a series of matches and trips to qualify for the 2011 World Cup. It wasn't supposed to be this difficult. The Americans will need to defeat Costa Rica in the CONCACAF third-place match Monday (6 p.m. ET) in Cancun -- they routed the Ticos, 4-0, in group play -- then prepare for a two-game playoff with Europe's fifth-place team, Italy. The first leg would be Nov. 20 in Italy, the return Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. In 13 all-time meetings with the Italians, the United States has an 8-4-1 record. Italy won the first three meetings in the 1980s. The sides haven't met since 2008 for a pair of 2-0 U.S. victories. Video of Mexico match:

*MLS playoffs today:
Colorado at Columbus, 4 p.m. Telefutura
Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel

*The Mexico victory over the USA wasn't the only upset in women's soccer: Fifth-seeded Wake Forest knocked off top-seeded North Carolina on penalties in the ACC tournament semifinals. Second-seeded Maryland advanced to the final for the first time in 13 years with a 1-0 victory over Boston College. The championship game is Sunday in Cary, N.C. (2 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet/DC).

*The third-ranked Maryland men extended their winning streak to 10 with a 5-0 rout of Coastal Carolina in the regular season finale. The Terrapins are the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament, which begins this coming week in Cary. Virginia will conclude its regular schedule tonight at North Carolina State. And Georgetown is hosting Providence today in the Big East quarterfinals. The winner will advance to the semis at Red Bull Arena.

By Steve Goff  | November 6, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF, College Soccer, MLS, Mexico, Women  | Tags:  college soccer, women's soccer  
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Nice home field advantage. What a crowd! Not a huge follower, but I would suspect that's the most hostile crowd the U.S. has ever a faced.

Posted by: delantero | November 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The Cleveland State men have done it again. After beating Akron last week, they tied unbeaten and sixth-ranked Butler last night.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 6, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Pretty suspect keeping on the second Mexican goal. Not sure why the goalie was so sloooow to react to that bouncing header...

Posted by: carmines757 | November 6, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

good game in Columbus so far.

Crew is up 1-0 at half after Gaven had a relatively easy tap in. Crew dominated and put together lots of chances early but looked like they were going to be snakebit when it came to actually scoring.

Colorado got back into w Larentowicz coming up for some blistering shots from outside the area.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 6, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The NAU Lady Jacks will host Sacramento State tomorrow for hopefully their third straight Big Sky conference title

Posted by: Josh86 | November 6, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Bad loss for the Hoyas. They might have to settle for the NIT.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 6, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

2nd half of Columbus/Colorado wasn't nearly as good but eventually there were some good moments. Ekpo played a nice quick pass to spring Robbie Rogers who finished the breakaway and give Columbus the 2-0 lead. As the game got to the later stages and Colorado's season was nearing its end Conor Casey made a near post run and beat his defender to stab in Omar Cummings' cross and tie it back up on aggregate.

It eventually went to PK's and everyone made there's until Brian Carroll, as Columbus's 5th shooter, hit one well over the bar and Colorado won the tiebreaker 5-4.

I'm pretty sure young Carroll took one of the kicks when DC beat New England in the ECF on penalties 6 years ago, but tonight he misfired.

Colorado is the Beast of the East among suviving MLS teams.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 6, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

NC State leads the Virginia men by two goals after 60 minutes:

Goff's Twitter page says something about BSPN2 picking up the Yank-Tica showdown on Monday.

How are people using their bonus hour?

Posted by: universityandpark | November 6, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Good for the Mexican women.

Posted by: Palin-McCain2012 | November 6, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Espn2 will be showing that game, in hd I believe.

My impressions from the first ten in Utah: Dallas knows what they have to do (already having a Brek Shea counter attack goal called back for being juuust a hair offside), and that RSL really misses Javier Morales at the moment.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 6, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The Ginger Ninja with the goal in the 16th. Ferriera with the ball to the top of the box, Shea chests toward goal, McCarty runs onto it, rounding and finishing past Rimando.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 6, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

1-0 Dallas at the half.

Last 10 minutes Salt Lake looked really really dangerous, but Dallas dominated the first 35. I get the feeling RSL is going to get one back, and then all heck will break loose and either they'll tie it or DFC will get a clincher on the counter somewhere in the 80s

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 6, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Beckerman looks bad. Giveaway after giveaway, and should have been the man marking McCarty on the goal.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 6, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Incredible toe save for Hartman on Espindola in the 49th

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 6, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Still 1-0 in the 60th. RSL still controlling possession with nothing to show.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 6, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

70th 1-0. RSL has brought on Colin Warner and Robbie Findlay for Robbie Russel and Alvaro Saborio, respectively.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 6, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Paulo Jr. On for grabavoy in the 72nd.

A scramble in front of goal ends in three players hitting the post and a couple more the crossbar, but not a goal.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 6, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Robbie Findley in the 80th. Snap header to the back post, unmarked and onside

This is about to get fun.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 6, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Final. 1-1. Dallas 3-2 on the aggregate.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 7, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

oh dear God, please let L.A. win Sunday night so we can see a decent crowd at *one* of the conference finals. It will be bad enough with Colorado hosting the "eastern" final, but an empty Pizza Hut Park would look awful if Seattle sneaks through.

Posted by: foul_throw | November 7, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

A few words to sum up that game:

Kevin Hartman, Lots of Crosses no one got on, solid marking, great emotion, hectic, Kevin Hartman, Kevin Hartman, Kevin Hartman.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 7, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Bummer about the Hoyas. I was excited to see them at Red Bull Arena.

Posted by: Crewgrrl20 | November 7, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

A tale of two goalkeepers:

Barnhart looked suspect on both goals. Not impressed.

Wasn't Hartman unemployed earlier this season? Now look at him.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | November 7, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I gave her the benefit of the doubt on the first, but the second is hers.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 7, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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