Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: USMNT recovers at home, U-23s crash out of Olympics

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 St. Vincent and the Grenadines
(Bateau 36', Jones 50', 60', Molino 66', Cesar 86', 89')

United States 4-0 Guatemala
(Dempsey 12', Cameron 35', Zusi 46', Altidore 49')

This was more like it from the USMNT. It's wonderful what can happen when Jurgen Klinsmann doesn't play six players out of position and actually selects the best team available to him. DeAndre Yedlin at right back where he belongs, a three man front line with Clint Dempsey playing the number ten for Gyasi Zardes and Bobby Wood. It was fantastic in comparison to Friday night. Dempsey's goal was sort of an accident on a long ball that hit Zardes in the back and jsut fell to him for an easy, easy goal. Geoff Cameron, of all people headed home a perfectly placed free kick from Michael Bradley. Graham Zusi knocked one in a while 18 seconds after the second half began. The rest of the match was simply the USA keeping things tidy at the back and coasting out of Columbus with a much needed win.

Honduras 2-0 El Salvador
(Garcia 53', Quioto 90')

Mexico 2-0 Canada
(Guardado PK 17', Corona 45+4')

Panama 1-0 Haiti
(Baloy 81')

Costa Rica 3-0 Jamaica
(Borges 7', Ruiz 37', Venegas 77')

Olympic Qualifying Playoff- Second Leg
United States 1-2 Colombia (2-3 on aggregate)
(Machado OG 57')-(Martinez 30', 64')

So, the United States fails to qualify for the Olympics for the second cycle in a row. You can think about this in one of two ways. The first is that it's a near disaster the the USA will not be involved in a tournament for the second time in a row. This seems like horrible news until you realize that the Olympics are a U-23 event, for the most part and feature half the teams as the World Cup. The younger American players may be missing out on some torunament experience, but the tournament is experience isn't exactly top caliber and is played late enough in the season that pulling these kids away from their clubs (particularly the MLS players who are in the middle of their season) might negate any positive effects of a trip to Brazil.

World Cup Qualifying- CONMEBOL
Colombia 3-1 Ecuador
(Bacca 15', 67', Perez 48')-(Arroyo 90')

Uruguay 1-0 Peru
(Cavani 53')

Argentina 2-0 Bolivia
(Mercado 20', Messi PK 30')

Venezuela 1-3 Chile
(Otero 9')-(Pinilla 33', 52', Vidal 72')

Paraguay 2-2 Brazil
(Lezcano 40', Benitez 49')-(Oliveira 79', Alves 90+2')

World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Australia 5-1 Jordan
(Cahill 25', 44', Mooy 39', Rogic 53', Luongo 69')-(Salim 90')

Afghanistan 2-1 Singapore
(Amani 39', Shirdel 79')-(Nawaz 89')

Japan 5-0 Syria
(Al Masri OG 18', Kagawa 66', 90', Honda 86', Haraguichi 90+3')

Lebanon 1-1 Myanmar
(El-Helwe 88')-(Aung 73')

Philippines 3-2 North Korea
(Bahadoran 43', Ott 84', Ramsey 90')-(Kyong-Jin 45', Ri 48')

China 2-0 Qatar
(Huang 57', Wu 88')

India 1-2 Turkmenistan
(Jhingan 26')-(Amanow 48', Atayew 70')

Tajikistan 0-1 Kyrgyzstan
(Lux 18')

Uzbekistan 1-0 Bahrain
(Rashidov 50')

Iraq 1-0 Vietnam
(Abdul Raheem 45')

Palestine 7-0 Timor-Leste
(Ihbeisheh 2', Cantillana 18', 66', Pinto 32', 39',  Awad 77', Bahdari 90')

Iran 2-0 Oman
(Azmoun 16', 23')

United Arab Emirates 1-1 Saudi Arabia
(Abdulrahman 52', Al-Jassim 24')

Maldives 4-2 Bhutan
(Abdulla 37', Ashfaq PK 81', 90', Naiz 87')-(Gey;tshen 7', Dorji PJ 48')

South Korea P-P Kuwait (Postponed)

This concludes the second round of qualification for Asia's 4.5 places in the 2018 World Cup. Group winners Saudi Arabia, Australia, Qatar, Iran, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and Uzbekistan all advance. They will be joined by Syria, United Arab Emirates, China, and Iraq as the best second place finishers. The third round will be A round robin between two groups of six to be played between September 2016 and September 2017. The top two in each group will make it to Russia, while the third place finishers play a two-legged playoff for the right to play another two-legged playoff against a CONCACAF nation.

Needless to say, the Remi Garde experiment at Aston Villa has only run that team further into the ground. Even though the Frenchman was just hired in November, he and the team have now parted ways by mutual consent, as they say. Villa are surely going to be relegated at season's end, and no wonder manager is capable of stepping in and saving them. Eric Black will see out the remainder of this horrid campaign until a new manager can be found.

Today's Matches
Seattle Sounders II v. Arizona United- 10:30pm- YouTube
LA Galaxy II v. St. Louis FC- 10:30pm- YouTube

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