Saturday, March 28, 2009

Deja Vu?

Turns out the U.S. will be playing on March 28 for third time this decade. In the most recent match in 2007, the U.S. extended its unbeaten run under Bob Bradley to four matches with 0-0 draw in against Guatemala in Frisco, Texas.

Perhaps the other contest on this date will have more to tell us, particularly if you believe in history repeating itself ...

March 28, 2001: Honduras 1, USA 2 (World Cup Qualifier, San Pedro Sula)

In front of a standing room only crowd of 46,000, Clint Mathis buried a free kick in the 86th minute to lift the United States to a 2-1 victory in the second match of final round qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Wearing the captain’s armband on his 32nd birthday, midfielder Earnie Stewart put the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the 33rd minute when his blast from 35 yards ricocheted off a defender before settling in just inside the left post. Missing regulars Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride, Joe-Max Moore and Eddie Pope through injury, the U.S. registered its first qualifying victory in Central America since September 17, 1989 while securing a valuable three points on the road.

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