Category: World Cup Qualification

The "Hand of God:" Part Deux

Thierry Henry certainly isn’t making any Irish eyes smile tonight. Ireland is fuming after [Henry admittedly handled a ball]( that he immediately played to William Gallas who put it in the net [to tie Ireland at 1-1]( and send France into the World Cup virtue of a 2-1 aggregate victory. Here’s a video of Henry’s... Read more »

World Cup Field Finalized; US Loses in Friendly

[Six teams qualified for next year’s World Cup in South Africa today](, finalizing the field that will compete in the first World Cup in African soil. France, Slovenia, Uruguay, Portugal, Greece and Algeria advanced to the finals ending the dreams of Ireland, Russia, Costa Rica, Ukraine and Egypt in the process. That means that Costa... Read more »

World Cup Qualifying Thread

With the South American qualifiers about to finish up and the CONCACAF qualifiers about to start, it’s about time for me to get a World Cup Qualifier thread started.  I’ll be sharing some thoughts/observations on the qualifiers throughout the evening, and I encourage you to do the same.  I’ll also be posting the winner of... Read more »

Morning Notes: US-Costa Rica Tomorrow Night, Win National Team Gear

The U.S. National Team is set to take on Costa Rica tomorrow night in both sides’ last World Cup Qualifying match. The American team qualified for the Cup with their 3-2 win over Honduras last Saturday and they’ll be looking to finish qualification strong with a win over Costa Rica, who currently sit in the... Read more »

A look ahead to this weekend's CONCACAF Qualifiers

As I’m sure all of you know the Fire has this weekend off. But despite the lack of Chicago-related MLS action to look forward to, this weekend should be a great one for soccer fans in the Second City as CONCACAF kicks off its penultimate round of World Cup Qualifying. The CONCACAF race is currently... Read more »

CONCACAF Update -- Blanco scores in Mexican Win, Costa Rica Falls

The U.S.’s 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago was hardly the only news coming out of CONCACAF tonight, as two other (and equally important) World Cup Qualifiers took place.  Mexico-Honduras was the high-profile match of the evening and Mexico took the honors, defeating the Hondurans 1-0 at Estadio Azteca.  Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco played the... Read more »

USA 1 - Trinidad & Tobago 0: In-game Diary

Hey everyone, thought I’d let you know that I’ll be doing a running diary tonight for the U.S.-Trinidad & Tobago match. Tonight’s diary should be a little different than past running commentary posts in that I’ll keep it a little lighter and (hopefully) provide you guys with some entertainment along with match analysis. I hope... Read more »

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Match Preview

Only 3 days removed from Saturday night’s 2-1 win over El Salvador, the U.S. National Team is back in action tonight, when they meet last place Trinidad & Tobago in an extremely important World Cup Qualifying match in Port of Spain. The U.S. – who currently sit in second place in the final round of... Read more »

US 2 -- El Salvador 1

El Salvador gave the U.S. a whole lot to handle on Saturday night, but in the end the Americans pulled through, winning the important World Cup Qualifier 2-1 in Salt Lake City. The U.S. – who now has 12 points from seven games in the final qualification round – moves into second place with the... Read more »