The Hexagonal portion of the World Cup Qualifying didn’t get off to a great start for the United States on Friday.
// FC Dallas //
Not a landslide victory in this race but enough for another award in the trophy case this season as Matt Hedges earns the top defensive honors for the year. Teammate Walker Zimmerman came in fourth.
We pondered this over the weekend despite the injury concerns and the fact that there are no concrete rumors out there linking him to the club. Eh, why not?
It is pretty clear that when he is out there, the club plays better and is more organized in the back than when he is not out there.
As you might expect, his teammates were pretty pumped for him to pick up the award too.
It should be no surprise that Schmetzer was FC Dallas’ plan B had Oscar Pareja not left Colorado a couple years ago. I know Fernando pushed hard for him during all the interview stages.
// MLS //
The hopes for the Rapids to get past Seattle took a big hit on Friday as Tim Howard came down with an injured adductor.
I am pretty sure we don’t have to worry too much about FC Dallas being interested in the German star anymore.
So there may be a little more meat in this rumor if we’re getting posts like this one.
// US vs Mexico //
Something about the game never felt right to me going into it and from the start, the Mexicans seemed to have the upper hand.
Our old pal Rafa Marquez was doing the dirty work that he normally does.
Yep, it was pretty obvious who got the better end of the result in this one.
In some way, having two of the toughest games out of the gate is a good thing but if you go down 0-2-0 in those games to start the Hex, your path to a World Cup is going to be a tough one.