Monday, March 28, 2005

Mexico Schmexico

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!


At 7:17 AM, Anonymous LD said...

I'm in an echelon above B, so forgive me of my soccer dorkiness...

Guatemala has played the 2 worst teams, so their position should be considered tenuous. Costa Rica and the US have both played Mexico (probably the toughest team, esp. at home). So once the US has played T&T and the isthmus teams at home, if we're still in 4th, then we worry. I fully expect the US to qualify, probably with a game or two to spare.

And also, the Albanians and Turks probably won't be in Germany. They currently sit 4th and 5th in their group behind Ukraine, Euro Champs Greece and Denmark (and only the top is guaranteed qualification). Turkey has a better chance than Albania, but both have been disappointing so far.


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