With a 3-2 victory at the United States and an astounding 7-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico has reasserted itself within the CONCACAF and have gained qualification into the World Cup. As well, Honduras ensured themselves of at least a playoff berth. Nathan Limior was fuming after the US blew an apparent 2-0 advantage to lose 3-2, "What the f[bleep] was US Soccer thinking, putting this game in California? That was practically a second road game for us! Seattle, Portland, Columbus, anywhere but the Southwest!"
Squad announcement - Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago
- Onyewu and Bocanegra are on the decline, so I want to get used to playing without them it what amount to glorified friendlies.
- Only three forwards this time, because I don't need four. Donovan doesn't really count since I usually deploy him on the right wing, anyway.
The United States, Mexico, and Honduras automatically qualify for the World Cup, while Jamaica can qualify with a victory in the playoff against Oceania. The US have friendlies scheduled against England and Germany in the run up to the World Cup.
Oh Man! Your Group is tough!!! My predictions are as follows: Group A - Algeria, Argentina - B - Spain, South Korea - C - USA, Netherlands - D - Mexico, Germany - E - France, Uruguay - F - Japan, Chile - G - Italy, Colombia - H - Portugal, Brazil.
American fans have an unstated optimism leading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Despite being drawn in with Peru, England, and Netherlands, fans think that the United States will be able to qualify from that group, but don't want to say it, as if it will jinx the US hopes. Nathan Limior stated in a pre-World Cup press conference, "We played some great European opposition, since we have great European opposition in our group. I wanted to instill the belief in my players that we can go in and beat top sides, that we can boss them around. I thought we could win all 3 games, since we had leads in two, and just blew them. My players and I hopefully have learned some lessons from the gauntlet of friendlies and apply it to the struggle ahead."
Netherlands and Peru qualify, and you can see what happened to the US. We failed to take a single point! Very disappointing, but I knew something like that could happen in our group. No excuses though, we still failed. So...
Should Limior resign the US job and move into club management? Should Limior focus on the 2018 World Cup only? Should he do both? If he takes a club job, where? I'd like to hear your ideas!