Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Off to Egypt! But first, Trinidad!

The U.S. will pack up their bags and take the 20 minute flight to Trinidad this afternoon after a solid effort and a 2-0 win against El Salvador last night. The U.S. dominated the majority of the game and were able to hold on to the shutout after going down to nine men in the second half.

Honduras was the other Group A team celebrating last night as they claimed the group's other place in Egypt. Some other notes from last night's game...

  • The U.S. holds the CONCACAF record seventh-straight trip to the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and record 12th overall.
  • Five different goal scorers have scored the USA's five goals so far in this tournament: Marosevic, Duka, Schuler, Shea and Taylor
  • Five players have also started on the back four, helping to pave the way for three straight shutouts.
  • Brek Shea did the airplane celebration after scoring his goal, which might not sound that intersting, except that he and roomate Dilly Duka had planned something unique ahead of time. While Shea was flying the plane, Duka did his best to form his hands into a pyramid as if they were flying to Egypt. A few other players have goal celebration ideas for the remaining games, but we're going to keep them a secret.

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