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Friday, September 11, 2009

World Cup 2010 begins to take shape can the US play with the big boys?

After the US collapse in the final ten minutes against Mexico to snatch victory for the jaws of victory their ticket to South Africa was in doubt, but now they appear to have righted the ship and will be sailing south next year as they lead the group going into the final set of matches. With that said two major questions remain; will they go in as a group winner? If you’re a fan of the NCAA tournament then imagine the difference between a number 1 and number 9 seed. That how big winning the group stage is. Even so, if they do get the largest tournament on the planet, how long will they stay? If you look at how the best countries in the world are playing right now compared to the US, one has to inquire if we’re even going to get out of the group stage, ON the big stage?

North/Central America and Caribbean Group Stage Results
Team..........MP........W.....D.....L.....GF.....GA.....Pts
USA............8........5.....1.....2.....14......9.....16
Mexico.........8........5.....0.....3.....12......9.....15
Honduras.......8........4.....1.....3.....14......8.....13
Costa Rica.....8........4.....0.....4......9......13....12
El Salvador....8........2.....2.....4......8......10.....8
Trin N Tobago..8........1.....2.....5......8......16.....5

A case in point, England and Spain have cemented their domination of Groups 5 and 6 respectively when they sauntered to their eighth wins in eight games to join the Netherlands at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Switzerland, Serbia, Slovakia and holders Italy look poised to follow them to the finals after picking up valuable results in their respective groups. It's not often that a European nation goes through a FIFA World Cup qualification campaign without dropping a single point, but that is exactly what England, Spain and the Netherlands have done. The Oranje have now completed their eight-game schedule, while the Three Lions and La Roja play their final two matches next month also looking to make a clean sweep. Each of the three traditional heavyweights have impressed in their own right. The Netherlands were the first to qualify back in June, brushing aside their opposition on the back of a remarkable defensive effort that has seen their goal breached just twice.
So, will the US National team be home before their postcards arrive or will they show us all something and find another level? Which of the dominating European sides looks the best to advance? Is this the year Brazil re-claims the title of world champion? Let us know here or in any of the quick links:

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