TORONTO – Center back Darren O’Dea has taken a long route to make his Toronto FC debut against Sporting Kansas City at BMO Field on Saturday (4:30 pm ET, watch LIVE online).
He has traveled from Toronto to Dublin to Belgrade to play 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland in a scoreless friendly against Serbia on Wednesday – only to turn right around. On Friday, he was back training with Toronto FC at Downsview Park.
SANDY, Utah — The first time Kyle Beckerman suited up against Mexico, he played a part in perhaps the lowest point for the US national team of the last three years.
When the Real Salt Lake captain got his latest chance this week, things worked out decidedly better.
Después de 75 años de no lograrlo, Estados Unidos finalmente puede decir que le ganaron a sus archirrivales de la CONCACAF en su casa. México cayó en el Estadio Azteca gracias a un gol de Michael Orozco (que irónicamente es mexico-estadounidense).
You would think with last night’s loss at Estadio Azteca, Mexico would be much more upset than it seems they are.
The loss gave Mexico their second historic mark in less than one week, winning an Olympic gold in soccer and losing at home to the rival USA. But the country seems to be more upset that the loss stole their thunder and put a damper on their fiestas than by what it actually means to the historic rivalry.
As the FIFA international fixtures wind down and players return to their club teams, the matches certainly left little to be desired.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Fourteen US internationals knew what it felt like to claim a result at Estadio Azteca for their country before Wednesday night.
Every single one of them – including Revolution general manager Michael Burns (above, right) – etched their names into history after featuring in the lineup that secured a 0-0 draw on Nov. 2, 1997.
Now they have some long-awaited company.
No Bradley, no Dempsey, and no Bocanegra? Apparently, no problem.
Yes, to be fair, we get it, it was a friendly – although perhaps only in name. And Mexico were without playmaker Giovani dos Santos, forward Oribe Peralta and veteran Calos Salcido.
MEXICO CITY — First of all, let’s deal with reality: The US’ first-ever victory over Mexico means nothing. It was a friendly. Both teams were missing four or five probable starters. Both managers were more concerned with World Cup qualifiers coming up next month. Hell, the normally overflowing Estadio Azteca was only at about 80 percent capacity.
Now let’s deal with the truth: The US’ first-ever victory over Mexico means everything.
MEXICO CITY – In the previous nine games between the United States and Mexico at the Estadio Azteca, the US had managed just one draw, scored only four goals and conceded 22. In the 24 played there all-time, the US had come away with just one point.
It was one of the longest, most dominant streaks in all of sports. And no Mexican wanted to be part of the team that suffered its first lost against its most bitter rival on home soil.
Ding dong, the streak is dead.
The US national team shocked their border rivals 1-0 in Mexico City on Wednesday night, ending the long, long tradition of home dominance over the United States that the Mexican soccer establishment probably thought it could set its clock by for decades to come.