So Long Seattle, Hello Salt Lake
After extending its unbeaten run in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying to four games following the 2-0 win against Panama, the U.S. Men’s National Team now goes wheels up to Salt Lake City sitting at the top of the standings in the group. The MNT will complete the trio of qualifiers by hosting Honduras on June 18 at sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium.
June 13, 2013
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Five things we take away from Seattle and bring to Salt Lake City
- Jozy Altidore has scored in consecutive World Cup Qualifiers, and is the second player to do it in this cycle. Clint Dempsey has done it twice: vs. Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala in the Semifinal Round, and Honduras and Costa Rica in the Hexagonal.
- Eddie Johnson now has 11 career goals in WCQ, sitting one behind leaders Dempsey and Landon Donovan on the all-time list.
- After being shown a yellow card in second-half stoppage time, DaMarcus Beasley will serve a one-match suspension and has departed camp.
- The USA-Panama match drew the second-highest rating for a World Cup Qualifier in ESPN history.
- The U.S. is 2-0-0 in the state of Utah, with both matches coming in World Cup Qualifying. Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore paced the United States to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against El Salvador on Sept. 5, 2009, at Rio Tinto Stadium. The previous visit came during the 2006 cycle, when the USA earned a comprehensive 3-0 win against Costa Rica on June 4, 2005, at Rice-Eccles Stadium.