The US 2-0 victory over Mexico and Costa Rica’s 2-0 victory over Honduras put the Ticos and US tied atop the Hexagonal. Andy Furtado scored two brilliant goals for Costa Rica in the second half. Amado Guevara had a good chance to score a late goal, but hit it just wide. The Ticos controlled possession for most of the second half and were able to dictate the flow of play. (The announcer on the feed I was watching referred to Furtado as Hurtado but we’ll excuse that.)
Costa Rica’s accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable. The roster of the national team has been almost completely turned over since the conclusion of Germany 2006, yet the Ticos are on track to qualify for South Africa 2010. While many will claim this demonstrates the weakness of CONCACAF, the reality is that this is simply an accomplishment of the Costa Rican federation.
El Salvador came from two goals down late to get a huge draw at home against Trinidad & Tobago. This must be considered two points dropped for the Soca Warriors. The draw leaves Mexico tied for last in the Hexagonal. Many Mexican players seem to be more concerned about their club careers than that of El Tri, at least in the minds of many Mexican fans and commentators. This begs the question, Mexico is lacking leadership and passion: a certain Chicago Fire player just retired from the national team and El Tri has not won a game since his retirement. Yes, I am teasing an article that will appear on this website tomorrow, so check back here Friday!