Captain Dempsey and the USMNT get three huge points
In a game that will never be forgotten by anyone who watched on TV, the United States defeated Costa Rica on Friday night.
Played in a driving snowstorm, it was a crucial World Cup qualifier for the US team and a game it needed pick up three points. Despite all the turmoil of the past week, the US team managed to succeed and will now head to Mexico without the pressure of needing a win at Azteca - something it has never done in an official competition.
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.
Duane Holmes has been nominated by the Football League for Championship Apprentice of the Year.
Holmes, 18, has been with Huddersfield Town since the Under-9 level and now currently stars for the club's U-18 and U-21 teams. Despite playing as a withdrawn midfielder, he is the leading scorer for the U-18 team.