October 15, 2009

Bornstein: the unlikely hero

So in these last two World Cup qualifiers, USMNT fans were raving about Conor Casey (Saturday) and Jonathan Bornstein (Wednesday)?

Yeesh. Quite the odd couple.

And I'm not sure hero is the right word? The 2-2 draw arguably didn't mean much, but winning the group is cool. Though it would have been nice to beat Costa Rica as a tribute to Charlie Davies, not scramble to salvage a point at home.

It would have been even better had Casey not missed a wide-open net in the 9th minute, the time in the game set aside to honor the kid.

As far as World Cup seeding goes, I think we need Russia and France to lose in the UEFA playoff round to have a remote chance.

I guess we did our Honduran friends a favor. So says Sunil Gulati as seen over at The Soccer Insider:
After the respectful reception the Americans received in Honduras last weekend, "our guys aren't disappointed with who is going to Montevideo," Gulati said, referring to the Catrachos finishing third and Costa Rica having to play Uruguay in a two-leg playoff next month.
And there's another reason to temper celebration. Oguchi Onyewu, the only seemingly steady American defender, will be out 3-4 months after tearing his patella tendon.

I guess as far as a knee injuries go it was good news.

Now for some video. First the highlights:

Then some Jozy Altidore reaction:

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