Matchday: 9-5

Despite the fact that nearly all of the top European leagues have the weekend off, today is still a big day in the world of soccer, as important World Cup Qualifiers are taking place across the globe.  There are also three MLS matches scheduled for today, with the most high-profile game between Toronto and Colorado. 

If you will be following along with any of the day's action, don't hesitate to share a comment or two here.  I'll be updating some scores on this thread throughout the day, so if you want a little knowledge on the games but aren't able to watch, don't worry, I'm here for you...

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  • Two of the most important European qualifiers (both Group 1 games) are through and the news is disappointing for Portugal (4th place, 10 points) who drew 1-1 with Denmark (1st place, 14 points) in Copenhagen.

    With only three games left, Portugal doesn't figure to catch Denmark and they will have to leapfrog both Sweden (3rd place, 12 points) and Hungary (2nd place, 13 points after losing 2-1 to Sweden today) in order to get to second place and have a chance at qualification. Doesn't look good for Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates...

  • The U.S. pulls out a victory in Salt Lake, defeating El Salvador 2-1. Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey were the goalscorers for the Americans who fell behind in the first half before scoring twice in the final five minutes of the opening 45 to take the lead. We'll see how the standings shake out after the Costa Rica-Mexico game.

  • Mexico looked really good in their win against Costa Rica. The US? Not so much.

  • In CONCACAF'S late game, Mexico shockingly crushed Costa Rica 3-0 at Saprissa. 'El Tri' -- who got their goals through Gio Dos Santos, Guillermo Franco, and Andres Guardado -- move up to 12 points with the win, only one behind the group leaders -- Honduras and the U.S.

    So, things just got a whole lot more muddled in CONCACAF qualifying. None of the top four teams are secure in their spot and a whole lot could change from now until mid-October, when qualifying wraps up...

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    Also, Cuauhtemoc Blanco started the match and played 74 minutes before being subbed out. So much for the bye week...

  • Oh, and in other news, Brazil secured their World Cup spot tonight, defeating Argentina 3-1. Despite losing, Argentina is still in 4th place in South American qualifying -- but they will have to start playing better if they want to keep one of the three remaining automatic qualifying spots.

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