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US Men’s Soccer Team Advances to 2014 World Cup

Soccer TicketsOn Tuesday, September 10th, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team beat Mexico in a 2-0 victory.  This match was a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying game and this win earned the USMNT their way into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The USMNT fate was sealed for the 2014 tournament after Honduras competed against Panama in Tegucigalpa in a 2-2 tie.  This is USA’s seventh successive FIFA World Cup Berth and 10th in total.

The USA vs. Mexico match was an event to be seen and tensions were high for both teams.  A point of interest, this was the fourth time in a row in a World Cup Qualifying cycle that USA beat Mexico 2-0 at Crew Stadium. Strange, huh?

The stars of the match were Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan.   Johnson scored his 19th goal of his career and 12th in a World Cup event.  One of his goals included a header off of Donovan’s corner kick in the 49th minute.  Donovan put the proverbial nail in the coffin in the 78th minute with his goal.

The USMNT broke records this year by winning 14 games in a calendar year.  This is an improvement over their 2013 record which was 14-3-2 and 13 wins in 2009 and 2005.

The next game for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying takes place on October 11th against Jamaica in Kansas City, KS at Sporting Park, though USA already has their plane tickets booked for Brazil.  The match will kick off at 5:30 PM C.T.

On October 15th, the US Men’s Team will finish up the Hexagonal when they play Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

As far as other teams go, Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup with a 1-1 tie against last place Jamaica. Costa Rica tapered off to second place, one point following USA in the CONCACAF standings, and Honduras is in third place with 11 points.

For the World Cup, the top three teams qualify undoubtedly. The fourth place team after will ultimately compete against Oceania Zone winner New Zealand playoff for a chance to make it to Brazil.

After the loss to USA, Mexico tied for fourth place with Panama with eight points.

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World Cup Qualifier: Team USA

While not as popular in the United States, Soccer (or Football to the rest of you) is a worldwide phenomenon.  The men’s national soccer team (USMNT) competes in international association football competitions through CONCACAF or the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football,  and are governed by the United States Soccer Federation.   Spain, Germany and Columbia currently hold the top three rankings in the world, according to the FIFA World Rankings and Team USA is ranked 22.  The World Football Elo has them ranked a bit higher at 20th in the world.  The USMNT have competed in the last six FIFA World Cups and also acted as world host for the 1994 Championships.

The USMNT participates in competitions all over the globe including the FIFA Confederations Cup, FIFA World Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup as well others they are invited to.   The highest ranking that the US team has ever acheived was way back in 1930 World Cup where they earned the 3rd place finish.   They participated in a handful of other competitions until 1950 then afterwards, Team USA didn’t qualify for the World Cup again until 1990.

In the most current qualifications round, Team USA topped their third round qualification group by winning four matches with only one draw and one loss in 2012.   Just last month, on June 2, the Team USA took on 2nd-ranked Germany during a sold out competition at the RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., in the Centennial celebration. This win was particularly notable as this was the first win over a top 2 ranked team a win against top-ranked Spain in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.  Four days later, on June 6 of this year,  the Team USA won against Jamaica.  Team USA continued on it’s winning streak against Panama on June 11th to an audience that was the seventh largest crowd to date to see the team play a World Cup Qualifier on US land.   Also of note, the USA vs. Panama game drew the second largest TV audience on ESPN for a US World Cup Qualifier in history. Since then, they have also won matched against Honduras and Guatemala.

On September 10, USA will take on Mexico in Columbus, OH and on October 11, USA will play Jamaica in Kansas City, MO in the World Cup Qualifier matches.

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