OT - US MNT WCQ vs. Antigua and Barbuda

Submitted by bacon1431 on June 8th, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Tonight is the start of our march back to the World Cup as we have our first match in the third round of 2014 WCQ matches. We play Antigua and Barbuda at 7 on ESPN. With Euro 2012 starting today as well, it's been a great day for soccer. Don't know much about our opponent, but I'm expecting a win. We're in a group with A&B, Jamaica, and Guatemala. We'll play two matches against each opponent and it will finish around October. Top two teams advance. Excited to get started!

Game is at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Hopefully we have another good home crowd showing like we did in Jacksonville.

Comments

Clarence Beeks

June 8th, 2012 at 6:31 PM ^

This should be an interesting one to watch due to the weather.  About a half hour from the start, it's just an absolute torrential downpour here.  I wouldn't be entirely surprised to see a delay in the start due to lightning.

snarling wolverine

June 8th, 2012 at 6:33 PM ^

Don't know much about our opponent, but I'm expecting a win.

Good prediction. Antigua and Barbuda has just over 80,000 residents.  Gotta love how international soccer gives us these matchups.

MgoblueAF

June 8th, 2012 at 6:38 PM ^

I am also here in Tampa, and the lightning storms are ridiculous. I have two tickets to the game, but I don't think I can put up w/ the weather. The crowd showing is likely to be poor.

WolvinLA2

June 8th, 2012 at 6:54 PM ^

Despite my Barbudan ignorance, I do not need to spend any more time on Sporcle.  Do you know the 5 European capitals with four letters?  Because I do now.

WolvinLA2

June 8th, 2012 at 6:42 PM ^

When you say the top two teams advance, what do they advance to?  The World Cup?  Or is there another round of qualifying? 

Sorry, my soccer knowledge goes only a little past AYSO.

bacon1431

June 8th, 2012 at 6:45 PM ^

There are four rounds in WCQ for CONCACAF (which is our equivalent of UEFA). We had a bye for the first two rounds. There are three groups in the third round and the top two teams in each group advance to round four. So that's six teams are in the group for round four and each team plays each other twice and the top three teams advance ot the WC in Brazil.

Dont' worry. I had to wikipedia it as this is my first time paying attention to WCQ.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

June 8th, 2012 at 6:45 PM ^

The next round of qualifying.  Right now there are 12 teams in three groups, each playing a double round robin.  Top two teams in each advance to what's traditionally been called the hexagonal.  Of those six, three will make the World Cup and the fourth will play the top team in Oceania, which is almost certain to be New Zealand, for another World Cup berth.

wlubd

June 8th, 2012 at 6:51 PM ^

Off-topic but let's not anoint New Zealand yet. They just lost to New Caledonia in the semifinals of the OFC Nations Cup.

Why does that matter asks casual soccer fan? The OFC Nations Cup winner (New Caledonia or Tahiti) will be in the Confederations Cup next year. Imagine Tahiti having to go up against Spain or Brazil...

redwings8831

June 8th, 2012 at 6:47 PM ^

This is the third round of qualifying which consists of 3 groups of 4 teams. The top 2 teams from each group advance to the fourth round of qualifying which is a single group of 6 teams. The top 3 teams from that group advance to the World Cup with the 4th place team facing a playoff against the champion of Oceania for a WC spot.

Owl

June 8th, 2012 at 7:39 PM ^

Our international soccer chants are lame. I love the team, I love the sport, I love that so many people are willing to go out in the rain and support the team. But our chants leave quite a bit to be desired. The “everywhere we go” chant that makes me think about that Frosted Flakes commercial/ every little league team of all time? Really?  

antoo

June 8th, 2012 at 8:04 PM ^

Gomez plays like a man, glad JK brought him back into the fold. Wouldn't it be great if Altidore played with Gomez's vigor?