A Win on the Road

The U.S. Soccer team got it’s first win on the road in the CONCACAF final round last night, defeating Trinidad & Tobago 1-0.  The team has been perfect at home thus far, so this victory makes qualification for the World Cup their prize to lose.

The standings after 8 matches (out of 10) are below – top 3 qualify for the 2010 World Cup, 4th enters a qualifying playoff.

  • USA – 5 wins, 1 draw (16 pts)
  • Mexico – 5 wins (15 pts)
  • Honduras – 4 wins, 1 draw (13 pts)
  • Costa Rica – 4 wins (12 pts)
  • El Salvador – 2 wins, 2 draws (8 pts)
  • Trinidad/Tobago – 1 win, 2 draws (5 pts)

Things we know for sure:

– The US and Mexico cannot finish lower than fourth.

– The US could qualify after the next match with a win in Honduras (October 10).

– If the US draws, they need Trinidad/Tobago to take at least one point from Costa Rica to cement a qualification.

– If the US loses, a Costa Rica loss is necessary to qualify.

– If they don’t get it locked up on the 10th, they get to host Costa Rica on the 14th, where a single point will punch their ticket.

CONCACAF – U.S. in Mexico tonight

The U.S. soccer squad travels to Mexico for the latest in the World Cup qualifying tournament.  The current standings are like so:

CONCACAFstandings

The U.S. defeated Mexico in February at home, but outside of the States standings points have been harder to come by (a draw in El Salvador and a loss in Costa Rica thus far).  Throw in Mexico’s success at home (2-0 including Costa Rica’s only defeat) and this will be a real measuring stick for the U.S.

Match kicks off 3 P.M. here, not sure if I will get a chance to see this one – but I’ll be keeping an eye out for the results.