World Cup Qualifying Roundup: Sporting KC's Kei Kamara on the mark, RBNY's Roy Miller leads Costa Rica

A look at MLSers in international action around the world on Friday...

CONCACAF

Jamaica 1, USA 2 - World Cup qualifying

Brad Evans notched a stoppage-time winner in Kingston to give the US a vital three points. Sporting KC's Graham Zusi set up Jozy Altidore for the Americans' first goal.  

Portland Timbers duo Ryan Johnson and Donovan Ricketts suited up for the Reggae Boyz. GET MORE »

Costa Rica 1, Honduras 0 - World Cup qualifying

A first-half goal from New York Red Bulls Roy Miller gave the Ticos another home win, and kept them at the top of the Hex standings.

Columbus Crew's Jairo Arrieta got the start for Costa Rica, and was replaced by RSL's Alvaro Saborio in the 57th minute. On the Honduras side, Jerry BengtsonVíctor Bernárdez, and Boniek García all started. GET MORE »

Panama 0, Mexico 0 - World Cup qualifying

FC Dallas' Blas Pérez came closest of anyone to breaking a scoreless draw in Panama City, but he was unable to beat goalkeeper Jesus Corona, as el Tri picked up another point on the road. GET MORE »

 


EUROPE

Republic of Ireland 3, Faroe Islands 0 - World Cup qualifying

LA's loss proved to be the Republic of Ireland's gain on Friday.

Ireland defeated the Faroe Islands 3-0 on a hat trick from LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane. He opened the scoring in the fifth minute to give Ireland the lead, then doubled that lead with his second goal in the 55th minute, before capping off the game with his third in the 81st minute.

The result puts Ireland in third place in Group C, level on points with second place Austria, and five points behind group leaders Germany.

Estonia 1, Trinidad and Tobago 0 - Friendly

In one of the few international friendlies on the docket Friday, Estonia defeated T&T 1-0 in Tallinn. Chicago Fire midfielder Joel Lindpere came off the bench to play 33 minutes for Estonia. They have one more friendly ahead in the current international window, Tuesday against Kyrgyzstan, also in Tallinn.

 


SOUTH AMERICA

Peru 1, Ecuador 0 - World Cup qualifying

FC Dallas goalkeeper Raúl Fernández helped keep Peru's World Cup qualifying hopes intact with a clean sheet at home against Ecuador. More than 55,000 people packed the Estadio Nacional in Lima and erupted when Bayern Munich forward Claudio Pizarro struck in the 12th minute.  

The win lifted Peru into 6th place in the CONMEBOL standings, two points behind 5th-placed Venezuela but with a game in hand. The top four nations automatically qualify for the finals in Brazil, while the 5th-placed side goes into a playoff with the winner of Round 5 in Asia.

 


AFRICA

Sierra Leone 2, Tunisia 2 - World Cup qualifying

Sporting KC's Kei Kamara notched his second international goal to put Sierra Leone in the lead in the 39th minute, but in the end the Leone Stars were unable to make up ground on Group B leaders Tunisia. Despite taking the lead twice, the hosts conceded two equalizers to their North African visitors, including a 90th-minute goal from young Fakhreddine Ben Youssef that left the sides level at the final whistle.

Sierra Leone remain in 2nd place in Group B, five points behind Tunisia with two games to go. Only the top team advances to the final qualifying playoff round.

Gambia 0, Cote d'Ivoire 3 - World Cup qualifying

Three MLSers -- Montreal's Sanna Nyassi, Portland's Mamadou "Futty" Danso, and RSL's Abdoulie Mansally -- saw action in Gambia's home loss to the Elephants. Both Nyassi and Danso went the distance, while Mansally subbed on in the 69th minute.

The Ivoirians, who sit atop Group C in CAF qualifying, showed their class through goals from Anzhi striker Lacina Traore, Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony, and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.