They did not pass out trophies in Columbus Crew Stadium. However, the celebration after the final whistle did feel good.
It was a “mission accomplished” feel-good moment, but there is yet work to be done.
The 2-0 victory over Mexico qualified the U.S. men for World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Costa Rica, which had snapped the USA’s 12-game winning streak three days earlier, 3-1 at home, also punched their ticket on Sept. 16 by tying Jamaica.
The U.S. team has two more games remaining in the final CONCACAF hexagonal qualifying round. While the U.S. is on it’s way, these two games are meaningful for the teams fighting for the third regional berth and fourth place and a last-chance series against New Zealand.
Despite playing without three starters, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler and Jozy Altidore, each serving yellow card accumulation suspensions, and without the injured Michael Bradley, the U.S. handed Mexico another 2-0 loss, the fourth consecutive qualifier loss at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Besler’s yellow card was way too bizarre to recount in this space. He didn’t touch the guy!
Altidore’s was maybe the dumbest in history. Down two
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