The Columbus Dispatch previewed yesterday's U.S. vs. Mexico World Cup qualifier, which went really well for Michael Bradley and the U.S. FC Earth isn't usually going to offer coverage of the pro and international games- other sites do that plenty better- but in the chase to World Cup 2010 South Africa, we won't stop ourselves from covering Team USA.
This match-up is clearly the best rivalry in North America, if not the western hemisphere- to take nothing away from impassioned Brazil vs. Argentina matches and the like. And it's not just because, after decades of Mexican dominance (Jack Bell, NY TImes), the U.S. owns Mexico of late, with now a 9-0-1 record vs. our southern rivals since 2000.
The Times story also profiled one of the U.S.' emerging anchors, 6'4" central defender Oguchi Onyewu, who spoke about applying his football or basketball-like build to the pitch:
"Americans just don't feel there is a lucrative future in (soccer) yet," he said. "In Europe, from the moment a baby boy is born, it's 'He's going to be a soccer player.' It's not our fault that type of culture isn't here yet, but we're progressing."
Great central defender (and a nails-tough performance by the next in our line of outstanding keepers, Tim Howard). Great result. Great start to this round of qualifying.
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