The Third half 7: US Soccer and World Cup Qualifying Recap

10 September 2009

On this week's edition of The Third Half, Johnathan Starling is joined by Fox Sports very own Jamie Trecker and Own Goal Network's, MLS Talk, and EPL Talk's Kartik Krishnaiyer as we break down the two most recent US World Cup Qualifiers. We also break down the USSF and qualifying across the rest of the world.

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3 comments:

Joe Ginto September 11, 2009 at 1:10 AM  

entertaining enough. trecker is right about the statement of missing a world cup would be the best thing that could happen to u.s. soccer. it's not just gulati. not even close. the system is broken.

however, i disagree with the implication davies and cooper are all that much better because they were raised outside u.s. socccer.

also not sure how the azzurri could be considered a threat to lose out on the group to ireland (i'd love to see both qualify FWIW). italia has 20, ireland 16. even if ireland pulls off a mild upset they'd still down a point. next match for italy is in parma against cyprus. ireland has a trickier match last day against montegro in dublin. it can happen it's just not likely.

Jamie September 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM  

Hey Joe -- Who said that Italy could lose the group? (Honest question -- I don't recall saying that.) I agree with you that it is unlikely.

Thanks for your comments and for listening.

jamie

Joe Ginto September 11, 2009 at 4:46 PM  

Kartik said it at the 70 minute mark. He said Ireland could beat Italy in Dublin (again definitely a possibility if you've paid attention to these squads)which would make the group "interesting" and possibly allow Ireland to win the group.

The first is true. The second statement is not. Barring a miracle, the Azzurri will still win the group no matter what happens between the two sides.

Which is NOT to say, Italy are playing well. They are not. Having Cannavaro and Gila still in the squad while Cassano (I'd argue the best Italian player in the world over the last year) sits out is insanity.

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