I've Got That Special Feeling
Now that was the best tie I’ve ever watched. Down early 2-0 the US fought back hard to earn a tie in the final seconds of the game, keeping the US at the top of the table and pushing Honduras into the World Cup.
Bornstien scores as heard on Honduran radio.
Two nations exploded with sound as, Bornstien’s head hit the ball and sent it bouncing into the bottom corner of the net.
As the US team celebrated, the large and rancorous crowd danced and shook the stands. The cheers weren’t just for the tie; they were for the successful completion of the long and arduous path that is World Cup Qualifying.
At the front of everyone’s mind was Charlie Davies in his hospital room. Though he wasn’t conscious to watch the game, he was on the mind of everyone watching and playing. Altidore was full of emotion as he desperately tried to score to honor his friend.
As the team celebrated the successful campaign, Landon waved a flag with a large 9 and the initials “AJR.”
Tears were in the eyes of every American supporter. In the booth, Alexi Lalas fought to keep the tears back.
The table doesn’t lie. The USA sits at the top.
Standings after 10 of 10 rounds:
IN - 20 USA
IN - 19 Mexico
IN - 16 Honduras
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Playoff - 16 Costa Rica
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OUT - 8 El Salvador
OUT - 5 Trinidad & Tobago
-Post game analysis from Grant Wahl
-Match report from US Soccer
-Post game analysis by Ives for ESPN
Why the crap did ESPN cut away from the US speech to show a crappy montage. How super irritating.
Graham's Top 4:
1. Jonathan Bornstein - Bornstien capped a great night with a powerful header that was placed perfectly in the corner. He deserves this one.
2. Keylor Navas - The Costa Rican and Sapprisa goalkeeper was huge all night long. Especially at the end he came through with punch after powerful punch. His decisiveness kept Costa Rica in the game and the US out of goal as they constantly threatened.
3. Bryan Ruiz - What a pair of great goals by Ruiz, the FC Twente striker. He took advantage of hesitant defending in both instances, and finished solidly. His second strike was magical. Hit perfectly with the left foot it swerved into the top left corner and was the goal of the night.
4. Rene Simoes - Without Costa Rica's coach throwing a huge temper tantrum and getting sent off, their never would have been five minutes of added time. Without those five minutes the US loses 2-1.
Argentina has qualified but Maradona continues to make an ass of himself. It's been reported he told reporters they, (loose translation) "Take it up the ass."
Let’s take a quick trip down history lane. Here are the highlights from each the of the US’ World Cup Qualifiers. What is your favorite result? What is your favorite goal?
Feb 11 Wed USA 2-0 Mexico - Crew Stadium - Columbus OH
Mar 28 Sat El Salvador 2-2 USA - Estadio Cuscatlan - San Salvador ES
Apr 01 Wed USA 3-0 Trinidad & Tobago - LP Field - Nashville TN
Jun 03 Wed Costa Rica 3-0 USA - Estadio Ricardo Saprissa - San Jose, CR
Jun 06 Sat USA 2-1 Honduras - Soldier Field - Chicago IL
Aug 12 Wed Mexico 2-1 USA - Estadio Azteca - Mexico City
Sep 05 Sat USA 2-1 El Salvador - Rio Tinto Stadium - Salt Lake City UT
Sep 09 Wed Trinidad & Tobago 0-1 USA - Hasley Crawford Stadium - Port of Spain, Trinidad
Oct 10 Sat Honduras 2-3 USA - San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Oct 14 Wed USA v Costa Rica - DC
Till Next Time – Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)