If the World Cup was decided after one game of the Hex (sounds like a reasonable qualification process!), both the US and Mexico would be sitting on the outside. While the US lost 2-1 in a pretty flat and depressing effort, Mexico tied Jamaica, 0-0, at Azteca, while Costa Rica needed a late goal from Bryan Ruiz to draw with Panama 2-2. Here are the Hex standings after one game.
I don’t want to link to every depressing recap, but Noah Davis got a quote from Tim Howard which pretty much sums everything up from today.
“They were a much better team than us today. We looked flat.”
Sunil Gulati spoke to some reporters before the game to talk about future qualifier venues and some other things.
Moving on to some other links.
After leaving a reserve game last week after a rough tackle, Stuart Holden went 90 minutes in a closed-doors scrimmage at Euxton on Tuesday.
Brondby has avoided bankruptcy, so Clarence Goodson will get a paycheck for the rest of this season.
Fresh off a Jemal Johnson sighting at Arlesey Town last week, he will trial with the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies.
US Soccer Development Academy product Cameron Thomas is headed to Germany to play with VfL Osnabruck’s U-19 team for the rest of the season.
In the dual citizens currently playing for other countries department, French-American Maki Tall scored two goals for France’s U-18 team. And American–born Salvadoran Dustin Corea has signed with Skive IK in Denmark, the same club that signed American RJ Allen last week.
I am headed out of town this weekend, so the posting might be a little light on my end, but David should have the Weekend Commentary thread going.