SEATTLE - MAY 28: Minda: Got the start for his country, but made a costly slip. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The latest round of internationals took place Tuesday, and there were plenty of stories. The pair of Chivas USA players who were on international duty started in their respective matches. What happened?
Ante Jazic started another CONCACAF World Cup qualifier for Canada Tuesday against Panama in Panama, but the Canadians lost 2-0. In a match that featured an extended break due to a power outage, the hosts got the vital victory with goals by Rolando Blackburn and Blas Perez (FC Dallas). Jazic played the full 90 minutes for the visitors and was not specifically called out by Waking the Red after the match.The loss puts Canada in third place in Group 3 of CONCACAF. Remember, only the top two countries in each group advance to the hexagonal round of regional qualifying, so Canada has work to do if they want to move on. The good news is that they are level on points with Honduras, who sit in second, and only two points behind group leader Panama. They have two games to get into at least second. It should be interesting!
The other Chivas player who featured in the World Cup qualifiers Tuesday was Oswaldo Minda, who started for Ecuador in their road match Tuesday against Uruguay. The match was key for both sides, and the result was a 1-1 draw. With another goal from Felipe Caicedo on an early penalty, Ecuador took the lead, but Napoli star Edinson Cavani put Uruguay level in the second half. Although it took a team effort by Ecuador to give Cavani the opportunity to score, Minda slipped in his own box when he tried to play the ball out and Uruguay pounced on the mistake. Minda seemed to bear the brunt of the blame after that, and it will be interesting to see if he gets the call in the next round of qualifiers.
The draw keeps Ecuador in third place in the CONMEBOL table, which is good for their World Cup hopes, although there are many games ahead.
Oh, and there were a couple more qualifiers from Tuesday that you might be interested in. Herculez Gomez scored a second half goal to give the United States an essential 1-0 victory over Jamaica in Columbus, while Chicharito scored a second half goal of his own to give Mexico a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Mexico City, a win that gives Mexico the privilege of being the first country to advance to the hexagonal round. That means there are five slots left - can the U.S. and Canada join El Tri?
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