In a sloppy affair, perhaps the greatest upset in women’s soccer history occurred Friday evening, and the US Women were on the wrong side of it.
The silver lining before the game review below:
While you can’t take anything for granted, the result Friday while not positive may generate an eventual positive outcome and not just in the World Cup berth.
The U.S. Women has not won the Cup in over ten years. This is a team with a younger core of players. With tough and meaningful qualifiers not something that always exists for the American ladies, the playoffs–the US need to beat Costa Rica next week and then beat Italy in a home-and-home, will or rather should provide actual meaningful games to truly prepare the women for the dogfight expected against the likes of Germany, Brazil and Norway come next summer.
For every Yankee dynasty, sometimes the Red Sox win one.
From US Soccer:
The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to Mexico 2-1 in the semifinal of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament and now faces a third-place match against Costa Rica for the right to play Italy in a home-and-home playoff series for the final berth to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The USA will face Costa Rica at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 8 at Estadio Quintana Roo. Should the USA defeat Costa Rica on Monday night, the USA would travel to Italy for the first leg of the playoff series on Nov. 20. The home leg would be played on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. with a kickoff time to be determined.
It was the first victory for Mexico against the USA in 26 matches between the countries and for the Americans the stunning upset could not have come at a worse time.
In what amounts to the biggest result in Mexican women’s soccer history, the hosts earned its first berth to a FIFA Women’s World Cup since 1999 and will be joined by Canada, which defeated Costa Rica 4-0 in the first semifinal on four second half goals.
It was also the first ever CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying loss by the USA which dropped to 19-1-0 and the first time the USA has failed to advance to the championship of a CONCACAF event. It was just the second loss in 60 matches under U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage and first since the opening game of the 2008 Olympics.
“You can’t take anything for granted,” said Sundhage. “We knew Mexico would be a good team and that it would be a good game. Today, they scored one more goal than we did and their early goal made a big different. They got the 12th player, the crowd to support them and they had so much energy. Not only that, when we scored to tie the game, they came back to score right after.”