CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England striker Jerry Bengtson reportedly concluded his trip to Honduras with a somewhat stunning revelation to the local press: he did not want to return to MLS or the Revolution next season.
“I do not want to continue with the team,” Bengtson told Diez.hn. “I have talked with the team. … There are options, but nothing is certain.”
The dust is settling on a wild final night of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, and Mexico's skin-of-their-teeth survival – thanks to Graham Zusi's late heroics against Panama – has clearly been the big story of the past few days. Somehow, El Tri managed to finish fourth in the Hex despite winning just two of their 10 games, leading to some grumblings that Mexico did not deserve to survive.
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US national team midfielder Graham Zusi reached international hero status on Tuesday night when his stoppage-time goal to tie Panama erased a miserable Hexagonal qualifying campaign for Mexico, giving the USMNT's fiercest rival one last chance to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – US national team defender Michael Orozco claims that FC Dallas striker Blas Pérez and other Panama players asked him and his US teammates to slow down on Tuesday to make sure Los Canaleros secured the victory that would’ve sent them through to a playoff with New Zealand and leave Mexico out of the World Cup.
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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – It's hard to imagine the United States ever getting such a warm vibe from the press down in Mexico as they did on Wednesday morning.
“We Love You!” was Récord’s main headline, in English, after the United States saved Mexico the ignominy of a fifth-place finish in the Hex thanks to Graham Zusi and Aron Jóhannsson’s late goals against Panama on Tuesday.
Below is a photo of Javier “Chicharito” Hernández with his arms aloft holding the Stars and Stripes.
With all due respect to beIN Sport’s Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson, the best video circulating around the Internet on Wednesday isn’t the English-languge call of the US national team’s dramatic late win.