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  • U.S. Tops Mexico 2-0 to Reach World Cup

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Qualifying for the World Cup is sweet. Doing it against your archrival is nirvana. The United States is headed to next year's soccer championship in Germany after beating Mexico 2-0 Saturday night thanks to goals by Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley five minutes apart in the second half.
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    The quick strikes, after a sloppy and chippy first half, lifted the Americans into the 32-team tournament with three games to spare. It was the first time since 1934 that the Americans were the first team into the World Cup for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

    It's also the fifth straight World Cup appearance for the Americans, who are ranked sixth in the world, one spot behind Mexico — for now.

    The win avenged a 2-1 loss in Mexico City in March and gave American goalkeeper Kasey Keller his 50th career victory for the national team. The United States has not lost to Mexico on American soil since 1999, and has not yielded any goals in that span, either.

    On both U.S. scores, Mexico seemed confused who should be where on set plays. Eddie Lewis' floating free kick was headed by Oguchi Onyewu, whose 6-foot-4 height came in handy as he soared over the smallish, befuddled defense. His shot hit the goalpost and bounded into the air directly to the unguarded Ralston for his second career international goal.

    That woke up the flag-waving, red-white-and-blue clad American fans, who began pounding the bleachers with their feet. The noise seemed to further unnerve the visitors, and they were out of position on a short U.S. corner kick.

    The ball came to Claudio Reyna and the unmarked U.S. captain fed an equally wide-open Beasley. His twisting left-footed kick soared over goalie Oswaldo Sanchez, who had no chance.

    From there, it was a matter of getting another shutout for Keller, who now has blanked five straight opponents in qualifying and has a scoreless streak of 507 minutes in all. The Americans are 6-1 in the final qualifying round and play at Guatemala on Wednesday, when most of the regulars will be excused.

    Mexico (5-1-1) still needs another point in its final three games to make Germany 2006.

    At the final whistle, most of the 24,685 fans chanted "U-S-A! U-S-A!" as several players ran off the bench wrapped in U.S. flags. All of the Americans were handed flags, which they then draped on their shoulders or waved to the crowd as fireworks lit the sky.

    The strong U.S. showing in the second half helped ease the ugliness of the first 45 minutes, in which neither team truly threatened until the final minute. Keller needed to make a diving hand save on Ramon Morales' free kick in injury time.

    Otherwise, the visitors seemed satisfied to keep the scoreboard empty — and to keep fouling midfielder Beasley, who was victimized four times in the half, five times overall.

    In turn, U.S. defender Frankie Hejduk committed four fouls in the opening 45 minutes.

    Reyna drew a first-half yellow card, meaning he will be suspended for Wednesday night's game at Guatemala, which is insignificant — with the Americans already qualified, Reyna will head back to Manchester City in England. U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter also drew a yellow and is in the same situation.

    Mexico's Duilio Davino's yellow card means he will be out for Wednesday's home game against with Panama.

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    We own Mexico on our own turf.

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    • #3
      I love watching hockey, but there is nothing more peaceful than watching soccer. I don't follow it - just watch it. I become at peace w/the world when there is a GOOD soocer game going on.

      My nephew is a Fresh at his HS, made the Varisty team, but told them, "thanks but no thanks, I'm going to play w/my classmates" - I can't wait to go watch!

      OK - back to the "normal" programming....
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      NSane has already won - because the Sharks are well and truly ef'ed.

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      • #4
        Mexico (5-1-1) still needs another point in its final three games to make Germany 2006. Its coach, Ricardo Lavolpe, was not impressed by the winners.

        "The U.S. is a small team," he said. "They play like my sister, my aunt and my grandmother."
        Well, asshole, you just lost to your sister, your aunt and your grandmother.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by backstop@Sep 4 2005, 05:08 AM
          Mexico (5-1-1) still needs another point in its final three games to make Germany 2006. Its coach, Ricardo Lavolpe, was not impressed by the winners.

          "The U.S. is a small team," he said. "They play like my sister, my aunt and my grandmother."
          Well, asshole, you just lost to your sister, your aunt and your grandmother.
          Funny stuff.

          They still kicked their ass
          RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
          You'll never be forgotten.

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            • #7
              sweet
              Time for change

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              • #8
                Originally posted by backstop@Sep 4 2005, 04:08 AM
                Mexico (5-1-1) still needs another point in its final three games to make Germany 2006. Its coach, Ricardo Lavolpe, was not impressed by the winners.

                "The U.S. is a small team," he said. "They play like my sister, my aunt and my grandmother."
                Well, asshole, you just lost to your sister, your aunt and your grandmother.
                Dude needs one of these ...

                el
                Dude. Can. Fly.

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                • #9
                  I still dont believe Mexico is 5th in the world..

                  5 better teams off the top of my head:

                  Brazil
                  Argentina
                  England
                  Spain
                  France (assuming they have Zidane)
                  U.S.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Indu WangZi@Sep 4 2005, 07:53 PM
                    I still dont believe Mexico is 5th in the world..

                    5 better teams off the top of my head:

                    Brazil
                    Argentina
                    England
                    Spain
                    France (assuming they have Zidane)
                    U.S.

                    You didn't see the Wankers v Wales did you?? And they have a fight on their hands v N. Ireland.

                    The Mexicans are still smarting from the national disgrace that we hung on them last WC.

                    If we can strenghten the back line and figure out a way for our forwards (minus McBride) to stay on their feet, we could reach the semis. And no, i haven't been drinking.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Celtic+Sep 4 2005, 09:07 PM-->
                      QUOTE(Celtic @ Sep 4 2005, 09:07 PM)

                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Indu WangZi@Sep 4 2005, 10:10 PM

                      If you really think about it..the US game against Germany was a good one..the US should have won..not to mention the refs didnt call the hand ball that was so clear to everyone. Kahn was unstoppable..If we get a good effort from Keller..he could propel the team to the semis.
                      Thinking about that game still smarts.
                      The noise was good, but I thought they phoned in a lot of the funk.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Indu WangZi+Sep 4 2005, 10:10 PM-->
                        QUOTE(Indu WangZi @ Sep 4 2005, 10:10 PM)
                        Originally posted by [email protected] 4 2005, 09:07 PM
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