U.S. wins; three more nations clinch spots in the finals

9 Sep

Trinidad and Tobago US WCup SoccerThe U.S. defeated Trinidad & Tobago tonight, 1-0, thanks to a 62nd minute Ricardo Clark goal (off a Landon Donovan assist of course).  The only way to describe their play is consistently inconsistent.  To quote Forrest Gump –  “You never know what you’re gonna get.”  Are you going to get the team that beat Spain or are you going to get the team that struggles against teams like Trinidad?  It’s frustrating to say the least, but props to the team for getting three points on the road.  This was a must win game for the U.S. and while it wasn’t pretty, they were able to get the job done.  The victory assures the U.S. at least a place in the 4th place playoff, but there’s still two more games to go, so it’s all still up in the air.  In the other CONCACAF games, Mexico beat Honduras, 1-0, to move into second place and El Salvador beat a reeling Costa Rica, 1-0.  The standings now look like this:

1. USA, 16 points (+5 goal difference)
2. Mexico, 15 points (+3)
3. Honduras, 13 points (+6)
4. Costa Rica, 12 points (-4)
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5. El Salvador, 8 points (-2)
6. Trinidad & Tobago, 5 points (-8)

In other World Cup qualification news, there are now 11 teams that have made it to the finals.  England dismantled Croatia, 5-1, to book their spot, while European champ Spain is also headed to South Africa.  Out of the South America region, Paraguay earned a spot thanks to a 1-0 win over Argentina.

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