BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Tuesday was a great day for American soccer that will have fans happy even despite recent struggles of the national team.
First, the US U-20 team qualified for the 2013 World Cup in Turkey with a convincing 4-2 win over Canada. In the victory, the Americans played attractive, skillful soccer that showed progress at the youth level. Following recent failures of the 2011 U-20 team and the 2012 U-23 team, this a good performance from this team was needed and the players delivered.
Second, Stuart Holden played his first league game for Bolton in over 700 days. The talented central midfielder was injured in March 2011 after a vicious tackle from Manchester United's Jonny Evans and has not had a smooth recovery. His return to Bolton is welcome news to both Bolton and perhaps eventually the US national team.
Finally, Club Tijuana defeated Bolivia's San Jose 4-0 in the Copa Libertadores and both Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo scored. Americans have not had a stellar record in the Copa Libertadores but tonight's effort by both Americans was a groundbreaking performance.
Yes, the US national team is faced with a lot of uncertainty right now but today was a day to celebrate.