Field View: USA Takes Points With Costa Rica And Mexico Soccer Matches
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) Welcome to Field View, old fans and new. This week we will talk about the most important soccer matches this week. So let’s get started !!!
Mexico vs USA 0-0: This was not a strong game for either team despite the US coming out on top. The US team showed too much respect by holding back and defending most of the game. They were strong in the first half and I think during the second half they were playing to hold a tie. USA still had Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Geoff Cameron. As for Brad Guzan, I would consider adding him to the list of experienced players because of his performance in this game. These players are essential to the US team and they should have had more of an impact, especially considering they are playing in Europe. Mexico showed that they are in desperate need of strikers. Sorry but Chicharito is an awesome player but unless you have someone who can get him the ball, he is very little threat; as we all witnessed in this game. Mexico needs Vela, now more than ever. For as weak as Beasley was, Beasley was so good. He can actually execute the forward pass and the interception he had late in the game to break up an attack was brilliant. Honestly, I personally like him in this role.
USA vs Costa Rica 1-0: Good result for the USA. A draw would have been a poor result, since they would have to look for points as the visiting team. Excellent use of the weather to gain an advantage. Most of the USA players have plenty of cold weather experience while the Costa Ricans did not. The referee never discussed shutting down the game. That ten minutes pause into the second half was the referee trying to get the sidelines and goals lines cleaned off. This is when Costa Rica lodged their petition to cancel the game. The commentators during the game had no clue what was going on with the referees at that time. They were just guessing that the players wanted to play and the referee was discussing the field conditions but the referee was not going to end the game. I can understand Costa Ricans protest but at the same time, the Americans were playing in the same conditions throughout the game and let’s be honest, they were the better team. It is not like the Americans were able to practice and prepare for those conditions. No one could have been prepared for that. Costa Rica can look forward to the USA visit to San Jose to even things out; the climate advantage will be theirs.
Let’s take a look at the state of play on each continent as nations scramble to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In Europe, the traditional powerhouses such as Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Spain are all well on their way to making it to next year’s showpiece. Nevertheless, others like England, France and Portugal find themselves in serious trouble with only a few games left and could be forced to go through the playoffs. Elsewhere, Argentina is among the South American teams that have reasons for optimism, but 2010 World Cup semifinalist Uruguay is in danger of missing out on qualification. In Africa and the CONCACAF zone, there is still everything left to play for the majority of the contenders, while Japan is just one point away from becoming the first Asian team to seal its route to Brazil.
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