MIAMI, FL, September 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- According to the U.S. Coach for the national soccer team, Juergen Klinsmann, there was a psychological element in place on that faithful day in Columbus Crew Stadium. There were simply no guarantees that the team could pull off the win, especially after recovering from a recent loss to Costa Rica. Despite the shaky odds, the team showcased their potential and claimed one of three automatic berths in the regional qualifying competition. It's important to note that the win clinches the spot although the team still had two games to spare. According to sports enthusiast Conor Goetz
, the evening served as a huge opportunity and accomplishment for the seasoned team. The team effectively clinched a World Cup berth, which has soccer fans eagerly awaiting the championship match.
The team played aggressively during the first half of the match and went into the second half with a solid lead. Towards the end of the game, they felt secure with their two goals to Mexico's zero and when the final whistle was blown, a sign of relief seemed to engulf the stadium. Although the win was exciting
, Conor Goetz explains that the players were just as concerned with the Honduras and Panama game that was still being played when the U.S. team finally entered their locker room. The outcome of that match would have a serious impact on the U.S. team's position. Fresh off their recent victory and anxiously awaiting a spot in soccer's quadrennial extravaganza, the team crowded around a single television set in the locker room in order the watch Honduras tie Panama in a suspenseful matchup.
The fans and the dedicated coaches agree that the team more than deserved their seventh consecutive spot in the finals. Passionate player Eddie Johnson was responsible for the first goal in the 49th minute of the game. His teammate, Landon Donovan, listened to the crowd roar after he scored the second goal in the 78th minute of the game. Despite their best efforts, Mexico was unable to recover and the game ended with a 2-0 score. Conor Goetz notes that the win represents the fourth consecutive time that Mexico has been unable to compete with the U.S. soccer team. Most of the fans agree that the U.S. team was actually capable of scoring an additional point but Clint Dempsey missed a penalty kick in stoppage time. Dempsey discussed the situation when he stated that it had been a long journey for his team and they were elated to have the opportunity to go to the World Cup.
The loss represents the first time that Mexico has been in danger of missing the World Cup in over 20 years. Conor Goetz states that Mexico has been able to snag a spot in the World Cup every single year since 1990 but there is no telling if they will be able to pull it off this season. Despite the fact that Mexico is widely recognized as a solid soccer team, they were unable to score during the U.S. match and appeared deflated after Johnson's goal. The win adds to the fact that the American team has consistently won in Columbus since 2000, without losing a home qualifier since 2001. Conor Goetz agrees that there is no telling what this team is capable of.
Conor Goetz is a sports enthusiast who loves to share his passion for sports with anyone who will listen. He is a student at Cornell University.