Thursday, March 31, 2005

ATH: U.S. National Team splits

From the U.S. National Team Players Association newsletter:

The US Men's National Team faced two tough opponents this week in World Cup Qualifying. On Saturday, March 27, Mexico defeated the US 2-1 in Estadio Azteca. Eddie Lewis scored our only goal, in the 59th minute, and Kasey Keller made some great saves to keep the US in the game. Rebounding well from defeat, the US dominated Guatemala in Birmingham, Alabama last night. The US won 2-0 with goals from Eddie Johnson in the 11th minute and Steve Ralston in the 68th minute. Johnson extended his goal scoring spree to eight goals in as many games. This win puts the US in second place with six points, just one point behind Hexagonal stage leaders Mexico. Guatemala and Costa Rica are tied with four points in third place. Panama and Trinidad & Tobago round out the bottom of the table with two points and one point, respectively. The next World Cup Qualifier is scheduled for June 4, 2005 against Costa Rica in Salt Lake City. But first, the US will take on England in a friendly on May 28 in Chicago, Illinois.

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