One year ago today, the United States laid the hurt on Mexico…and Sven Goran Erickson I might add…in a packed Columbus, Ohio. Congrats Columbus by the way, hell of a soccer town. A solid 2-0 victory at home to open up the final round of CONCACAF qualifcation.
Interesting formation for the United States as they came out–if I remember correctly–in a 4-4-2 with Landon pairing Ching up top, but Beasley, Lando himself and Dempsey all took turns running off Ching.
Lot of wide play in this game as well.
Some other thoughts:
• An extremely active DaMarcus Beasley in this one. Time to find your form again son.
• Michael Bradley did a Costa Rica and knocked in a ball that was knocking around in the box. His 90th minute strike from 25 yards or so off a post-up and dish from Big Jeezy helped along a string of games where Bradley thought he was Zidane or something and started volleying from the half line.
• Boca was in the middle on this one again and was serviceable but also let a lot of play come into his area.