With a partial-break in MLS this weekend, and no action for Chivas USA, let's turn our attention to the international scene. A full slate of friendlies and 2014 World Cup qualifiers are taking place this week, and let's give you some of the highlights from the teams you may be interested in on the American and Chivas USA front.
First, the United States faced Honduras this afternoon in a friendly, and won 1-0 in Miami. It was the first victory for the U.S. in the Jurgen Klinsmann era. A first-half goal from Clint Dempsey made the difference in the match, which was a bit sloppy from the intense rainfall in South Florida. Brek Shea set up the goal with a nice cross from the right, but he'll get some grief after missing an open chance in the second half by sliding over the ball in the 6-yard box and tripping. Meanwhile, the "Germerican" flavor of the squad continues, with German-American Daniel Williams, of Hoffenheim, making his debut, about a week after getting a U.S. passport. Williams is listed as a defender/defensive midfielder, but he was played on the wing in this match. In his first action, he looked pretty good. Now if only the U.S. could find some more defenders with dual citizenship to shore up the backline...
Continued after the jumpNow let's turn to the Chivas players who have been called up. First, in the most exciting scoreline of the bunch, Canada defeated St. Lucia 7-0 Friday in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier. The road win was the biggest in Canada's history, and featured a hat trick from Simeon Jackson (Norwich City) and two goals each from Olivier Occean (SpVgg Greuther Furth) and Iain Hume (Preston North End). Meanwhile, for Chivas fans, one of our own contributed in the historic win, as Ante Jazic started and played the whole match in defense. It looks like Jazic is fully involved in the Canadian national team set-up at the moment, so let's hope he continues to have success on the club and country levels. For more on the win, check out the coverage over at SB Nation blog Waking the Red.
Meanwhile, Michael Umana started and played a full 90 minutes for Costa Rica in their friendly against Brazil Friday. Unfortunately, the Ticos lost 1-0 off a goal by Neymar, and according to Chivas USA beat reporter Adam Serrano, Umana was partially at fault for the goal. To be fair, he isn't the first to be beat by Brazil and Neymar, and he'll be far from the last, and a 1-0 defeat to one of the best countries in the world is nothing to scoff at.
Finally, Venezuela got into their CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying campaign, when they faced Ecuador in Ecuador on Friday, losing 2-0 to the hosts. Chucho Benitez, of Club America in Mexico, got one of the goals. Although Venezuela didn't get a result, they'll be hoping to use the momentum from their semifinal run in the Copa America earlier this year to help them get to their first World Cup. And Alejandro Moreno got in the game in the second half, and played a full 45 minutes, but he couldn't do much (although nobody else could for la vinotinto on the night, either).
With more games on the way in the next few days on the international front, we'll let you know what happens.
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