The soccer world as we’ve known it for the last 20 years changed last week. And when it did, there were no alarm bells. No barking dogs, no crying children, no notice of any kind save for a months-old dispatch from CONCACAF and a 200-word afterthought of a story in La Prensa – a Honduran paper, no less.
In an unmarked grave next to the Hexagonal – the six-team, final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying – rests the US-Mexico rivalry. Sure, it will go on. But it will never be the same.
TORONTO – José Carlos Fernández and Jean Tragodara scored second-half goals to lead Peru to a 2-0 win over Canada at BMO Field on Saturday in both countries’ first game since the 2010 World Cup.
A sparse yet pro-Peruvian crowd of 10,619 witnessed Canada’s first match in Toronto since a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Aug. 20, 2008. It erupted when Fernández scored in the 69th minute after Canada failed to clear the ball from their end.
Three minutes later, Tragodara scored to put the game away.
WASHINGTON -- El técnico del D.C. United,
Ben Olsen, lamentó la jugada de gol que le costó a su equipo una nueva derrota
en la campaña 2010. Al minuto 23 de su partido frente al Crew, el portero Bill Hamid le regaló el balón a
Guillermo Barros Schelotto, quien no perdonó el error y anotó el gol del
triunfo 1-0 de su equipo este sábado en el Estadio RFK.
It’s been a painful season for everyone associated with D.C. United, but the club and the fans have taken solace in the promising crop of homegrown youngsters already making a striking impact at the senior level.
When play resumed after the World Cup break, the Columbus Crew hosted D.C. United. At that point, the Crew trailed Los Angeles by 11 points in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. Columbus beat United 2-0 to end a three-game winless streak that night.
The chase was on.
Saturday in RFK Stadium, the Crew once again downed United, thanks to Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s gift goal in the 23rd minute, and the chase was over. The Crew had caught up to the Galaxy.
WASHINGTON -- Guillermo Barros Schelotto aprovechó un error garrafal del portero Bill Hamid para dar la victoria 1-0 al Crew sobre D.C. United en el Estadio RFK, donde los pandilleros sumaron su segundo triunfo en cuatro días frente al elenco capitalino.
El Mellizo se convirtió en menos de 72 horas en verdugo por partida doble del United, después de que el pasado miércoles un gol suyo fuera la diferencia en el 2-1 que clasificara al elenco pandillero a la final de la Copa Abierta.
At a basic level, professional athletes are paid to perform in their sport, regardless of the circumstances. But when the losses have piled up and your team has been essentially eliminated from every competition in which it was entered, new motivation may be required.
That’s the situation facing D.C. United. Ben Olsen’s struggling squad had invested all their remaining hopes into the US Open Cup, only to be knocked out at the semifinal stage by the Columbus Crew’s comeback on Wednesday night.
AMSTERDAM – Qualifying for the 2012 European Championship in Poland and the Ukraine kicked off on Friday, highlighted by defending champs Spain's 4-0 away cruise over Liechtenstein.
The newly crowned world champions got a goal in each half from Liverpool's Fernando Torres in the easy Group I win.
Meanwhile, France's woes continued as visiting Belarus pulled off the upset of the day, 1-0, thanks to a controversial Syarhey Kislyak goal four minutes from time.