“In My Opinion……….”

Ray Alley


The message sent out on Twitter from US Soccer was a simple one. #YoureWelcomeMexico. It went out after the U.S. had scored a pair of extra time goals to beat Panama 2-1 in the 10th and final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
That victory knocked Panama out of fourth place in the final CONCACAF hexagonal standings. At stake was a home-and-home series against New Zealand. The winner will advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup next year. With that loss, Mexico finished fourth despite losing 2-1 on the road against Costa Rica. Mexico qualified for the play-in series with 11 points in 10 games, winning only twice.
Some Mexican sports announcers who were watching the games on split screen got caught up in the moment and declared, “We love you! We love you forever and ever! God bless America.”
We’ll see how long that lasts!
Until Graham Zusi tied the game two minutes into extra time, and Aron Johannsson won it a minute later, Mexico was out of the World Cup.
Yes, by winning, the U.S. men gave Mexico a lifeline to earn their way into the World Cup. But they didn’t set out to do their biggest regional rival any favors. They did what they had trained to do. Win t

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