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USA beats Trinidad & Tobago, moves into first place in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying

Ricardo Clark 1 (ISIphotos.com) 

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The U.S. men's national team struggled through another qualifier it was expected to win, but once again found a way to win despite not playing well. Ricardo Clark's 30-yard blast provided the difference in a 1-0 victory that pushed the Americans into first place in the CONCACAF Qualifying Group.

Mexico's 1-0 win against Honduras, coupled with El Salvador's 1-0 upset of Costa Rica (courtesy of a 90th minute game-winner) mean the United States can clinch a World Cup qualifying place with a win in either of its final two qualifiers, or a draw vs. Costa Rica in its final qualifier on Oct. 14 in Washington D.C.

As if the results themselves weren't enough, Honduras also saw three starters earn yellow cards that will keep them out of the Oct. 10 qualifier vs. the United States. Amado Guevara, Danilo Turcios and Osman Chavez will all miss the USA qualifier in San Pedro Sula.

What did you think of the U.S. team's performance? Relieved at the victory? Disappointed with the team's play? Starting to feel a little better about the team's chances to qualify?

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  1. But here’s what really bothers me. BB doesn’t seem to have a creative bone in is body – make that head. He doesn’t adjust and he doesn’t change. That’s not the sign of a winning coach. Further, the argument that it’s too late to change the skipper is ridiculous. It’s never too late. We have no where to go but up. Give him credit for the successes he had, but move on to avoid future failures.

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  2. I just can’t trust Bob Bradley as a coach when he has stuck with players who at least need a break. It’s been a long time since Dempsey, Bradley, and Bocanegra have played well. Sit them. Make them work for their spot in the lineup. Dempsey is one of our most creative players but when you give the ball away as often at he does, it hurts us. I think he’s essentially allowed more goals than he’s scored this year.
    I can’t stand that Bocanegra is the captain, because it means Bob won’t take him out of the lineup. And Michael Bradley has been anonymous for so long. I really hope we try a different combination in the center midfield once Edu returns.

    My lineup (for friendlies leading up to 2010):
    Howard, Castillo, Onyewu, Demerit, Spector, Donovan, Jones, Edu, Holden, Davies, Altidore

    maybe Dempsey as a forward, and maybe Feilhaber in for Holden.

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