If you're nuts for International soccer (or happen to live next to a Taqueria), you're probably aware that Mexico beat the U.S. 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier yesterday. By now, most of you are asking either, a) How could I possibly give a crap about that while every NCAA game is going into overtime?, or b) I slightly care. Does this mean America has been eliminated and I won't even have the chance in 2006 to run down the street chanting 'U.S.A., U.S.A.!'?
Well, even though most of you asked 'a', I'm going to answer 'b' because I have nothing to add about the NCAA's other than 'Screw Roy Williams.
The loss for the U.S., while being their first in a long time and a setback, has not eliminated them from World Cup qualifying. They are currently 4th out of 6 in the final bracket and the top 3 teams go. They have several games upcoming against the top teams that will determine their fate. This Wednesday, they play Guatemala, who's in second, and in June play 3rd place Costa Rica. If they lose both of these games, they're pretty much screwed, but don't count on it.
So fear not, jingoistic American, your opportunity to travel to Germany and wave an American flag around until you get pummelled to death by Turks and Albanians is still alive!