Eagle Rising: MNT’s Hot June

After the US Men’s team barely qualified for the CONCACAF finals (from which the top 3 will qualify for the World Cup in Brazil and the fourth will play New Zealand for a spot) and then lost its opening match in Honduras 2-1 in February, the US saw its FIFA rank fall to 33rd (but still 2nd in CONCACAF).  

Since then the US team beat Costa Rica in the dramatic “snow cup” in Colorado, tied Mexico in Mexico City for only the second time in qualifying competition and has won 3 impressive victories this month alone leading up to its rematch with Honduras in Salt Lake City.

This includes:

  • A victory of #2 ranked Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington as part of a celebration of the 100th birthday of soccer in the US.  Clint Dempsey’sA game-winning goal was his 34th international putting him second on the all-time US list (Landon Donovan with 46 is first).
  • A 2-1 victory over Jamaica in Kingston in which the US responded to an equalizing goal by Jamaica in the 89th minute by scoring the winning goal in extra time.
  • A 2-0 win over Panama in Seattle.

The U.S. team is now in first place in the CONCACAF heading into its rematch with fourth-placed Honduras (2-2-1).






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