Mexico rescued by unlikely World Cup qualifying savior in archrival United States
Goodson (pictured) remains in a good spot, although young Anthony Brooks could continue to climb in the depth chart. Orozco? Well, Klinsmann really likes the guy, so theres always a chance. But he cant afford any kind of error tonight. Castillo was an off-the-bench revelation Friday; a good performance tonight and he could really improve his Brazilian chances. In the midfield: Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan, Kyle Beckerman, Mix Diskerud, Graham Zusi Zusi has nothing to worry about. Beckerman is less secure but in OK shape. Besides, Klinsmann knows all of the RSL mans strengths and limitations by now, so hes either on the bus or he aint, and not much us going to change tonight. As for the others Its probably a no margin for error zone. Especially for Bedoya, who needs to bounce back strong from a real stinker against Jamaica. It was extra harmful because Klinsmann had given him a start specifically as a reward for good play leading up to that Jamaican contest, although mostly in lesser competitions. Its not too much of a stretch to say that Kljestans or Diskeruds ongoing chances could hinge on good performance tonight. Someone really needs to grab the opening here, the spot behind Michael Bradley for the linking role.
Despite it’s lost Mexico will play New Zealand for a spot in next year’s World Cup. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) An incredible end to its World Cup qualifying campaign saw the United States come from behind to beat Panama 3-2 on Tuesday and save archrival Mexico from disaster. With just minutes remaining in Panama City, a 2-1 lead looked like it would be enough for the home side to leapfrog Mexico into fourth place and keep alive its hopes of competing against the world’s best. At that stage, Mexico trailed Costa Rica 2-1 on the road and looked doomed. But then U.S. midfielder Graham Zusi popped up to head in a late equalizer that will surely be one of the most unusual goals of his career. It may be one of the most unpopular goals in the history of the national team, as most American fans gleefully hoped their fiercest foe Mexico would suffer the embarrassment of being knocked out. Demoralized, Panama then conceded another goal seconds later when Aron Johannsson struck for the U.S. to complete an extraordinary turnaround and give the Mexicans new life. El Tri will now face New Zealand in a two-legged playoff next month with a World Cup place on the line. Panama’s despair was echoed around the globe as World Cup group qualifying wound toward its conclusion. Heartbreak was everywhere. In Europe, each second-place group finisher earns a playoff spot and a chance to reach Brazil except one.