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U.S. Ends Panama’s World Cup Run and Saves Mexico
nytimes.com ^ | October 15, 2013 | SAM BORDEN

Posted on 10/16/2013 12:57:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

It was the perfect end to a bizarre day of World Cup qualifying: the United States saved Mexico.

The longtime rivals rarely do anything to help the other out, but on Tuesday there was no mistaking what took place. Mexico, which has struggled throughout the Concacaf qualifying tournament, was just minutes away from losing to Costa Rica, 2-1, and failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1982. El Tri’s only hope was that the United States, which was losing to Panama at the time, would somehow rally for at least a tie.

The United States did even better, scoring two late goals to beat Panama, 3-2. The result knocked the Panamanians out and gave Mexico an unexpected — and some might say undeserved — reprieve. Mexico, which has won just 2 of its 10 qualifiers and is on its third coach of the cycle, will now face New Zealand in a two-game playoff for a place at the World Cup next summer in Brazil. The United States clinched its place last month after beating Mexico in Columbus, Ohio.

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1 posted on 10/16/2013 12:57:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
hug after Zusi scored the tying goal in extra time
celebrates with teammates
reacts at the end
talks with Panama / embraces Panama
2 posted on 10/16/2013 1:07:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
U.S. reaches out
3 posted on 10/16/2013 1:09:54 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
MNT vs. Panama: Highlights - Oct. 15, 2013
4 posted on 10/16/2013 1:12:47 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Panama

Where Did It All Go Wrong?

5 posted on 10/16/2013 1:29:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator

ping


6 posted on 10/16/2013 1:37:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

US hasn’t bailed out Mexico this much since NAFTA passed...wonder if now we can deport all their illegal aliens without any hassle...


7 posted on 10/16/2013 2:49:13 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Fact Is: GOPe want ObamaCare.)
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Panama Canal expansion to draw US gas to Asia
8 posted on 10/16/2013 3:20:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
90 seconds

"Gol Estados Unidos!"
Twitter immediately erupted with calls for Mexican restaurants in the US to offer free shots of tequila, while the announcers on Mexican television went absolutely ballistic, thanking the USA and God for preserving El Tri's World Cup chances.

9 posted on 10/16/2013 3:25:29 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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A game that shouldn't have meant much for the USA

In the history of the USA-Mexico rivalry, Tuesday night’s turn of events deserves its own chapter.

10 posted on 10/16/2013 3:31:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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When you enter your final game with a record of 1-3-5, you can’t really gripe too much when the 2nd and 3rd stringers beat you with 2 goals in the last 2 minutes of the game to kill your chances at your first-ever World Cup stage. Mexico is also fully aware that they don’t deserve to be there, going 2-3-5 and winning only 2 of their last 16 matches.


11 posted on 10/16/2013 3:35:38 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Obama is failing faster than I can lower my expectations.)
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U.S. Men’s National Team HEAD COACH JURGEN KLINSMANN

Friday, Nov. 15 — vs. Scotland at Glasgow, Scotland, 3 p.m.

12 posted on 10/16/2013 3:36:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The best night ever in CONCACAF qualifying? How the historic drama unfolded on Twitter

U.S. soccer sends perfect tweet after saving Mexico’s World Cup hopes

13 posted on 10/16/2013 3:54:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Mexico to meet All Whites in playoff

the Final Draw, which will take place on 6 December at Costa do Sauipe, Bahia.

14 posted on 10/16/2013 4:10:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup qualifying: Play-offs seeding due on Thursday
the draw when it is made in Zurich next Monday (1pm UK time).
The play-off ties will be played on Friday 15 and Tuesday 19 November.
The group-stage draw for the World Cup finals will be made in Bahia on Friday 6 December (4pm UK time).
15 posted on 10/16/2013 4:22:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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"Play-off courtesy of the gringos," former Mexican President Felipe Calderon tweeted.

U.S. men’s soccer team in talks with Iran for potential pre-World Cup game

16 posted on 10/16/2013 4:32:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Go New Zealand!


17 posted on 10/16/2013 4:43:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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...the United States saved Mexico

Sometimes the punch lines simply write themselves.

18 posted on 10/16/2013 5:30:25 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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Go New Zealand!

See, here's the problem... there is more at play here than just simple wins and losses and cross-border rivalry. From a pure rivalry standpoint, the US could have just let Panama keep their 2-1 win, playing passively since the US not only qualified already, but clinched the group win. That would have allowed Panama to snatch the playoff spot away from Mexico and heap loads of embarrassment on our key regional rival.

But there were a couple of extra factors in play as well. First off, for the good of CONCACAF, you want to make sure you have the best chance of winning past this stage, because past performance goes into determining future World Cup berths. Mexico should get past New Zealand, because it's damn near impossible for opponents to score in Mexico City, so even draw-draw in the two-leg playoff would at least give Mexico a 50% chance on PKs. Panama... well... clearly isn't a dominant home side.

Secondly, the US had an outside chance of making the top 8 in FIFA world rankings, which would give them a seeded spot for Brazil. A loss to Panama would have ruined that (slim) possibility. Again, whomever plays New Zealand (Mexico now) might affect that ranking as well, if I understand the formulas correctly.

19 posted on 10/16/2013 5:45:21 AM PDT by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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Well, I think it’s ridiculous that England literally has to win every single game in qualifying to get a spot in Brazil, while Mexico can win 2 out of 10 games in the weakest confederation on the planet and still get in.

In a fair world, CONCACAF would get 1 spot in the World Cup, that’s it!


20 posted on 10/16/2013 5:56:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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The formulas are designed to ensure that Europe, and South America to a lesser degree, doesn’t take all of the qualifying spots. And the qualifying process is determined by region — EUFA chooses the the model they use, which is very different from CONCACAF, who uses a three-round system.

Also, England did not “literally [have] to win every single game in qualifying”, they won 6 and drew 4. Still, no losses is impressive, and that’s what got them the spot in Brazil rather than being relegated to a playoff.


21 posted on 10/16/2013 6:25:17 AM PDT by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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There is a thirdly - the US players want to pass the cut and be on the team in Brazil.


22 posted on 10/16/2013 7:34:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Right. And even those already on the team are trying to make sure they’re going to be in the lineups and see playing time.


23 posted on 10/16/2013 7:44:07 AM PDT by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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To: dfwgator

“The All Whites” lmao!
(Redskins)


24 posted on 10/16/2013 7:46:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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