The United States national team earned their first win at The Office and many players enjoyed strong performance.
The 2-1 win over Jamaica along with the Mexico's draw against Panama ensured that the American team sits atop the Hexagonal standings despite three out of four games coming on the road. With the next two games coming at home, the United States has a clear opportunity to separate itself from the pack and cruise to an easy qualification.
The United States limped to a 4-2 loss Wednesday against a strong Belgium team in Cleveland and here are the grades
Let's call the game for what is was, a weak performance almost universally with a somewhat flattering final score. So let's make sure we take off those rose colored glasses and take a look at how the players did shall we?
Robbie Russell has hung up his cleets to become a doctor
DC United defender and one time US men's national team prospect Robbie Russell has called time on his playing career after 13 years.
Born in Accra, Ghana the former Duke Blue Devil was drafted by Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, but opted to pursue a soccer career in Europe by signing with Icelandic first division side Breidablik in 2000. Russell then moved on to Norway where he signed for Sogndal in the country's Premier Division, becoming one of the best right backs in the league. After more than 100 appearances for the team, perennial powerhouse Rosenberg signed Russell in 2004, helping the Troll Kids to claim its 19th league title.
Altidore scored 8 goals in 6 Dutch Cup games for AZ
Lost in all of last week's drama of Sir Alex Ferguson, Roberto Manchini, & David Moyes was series of milestones for Americans in Europe.
Last Thursday, Jozy Altidore capped a fantastic season after scoring the winner for AZ Aklmaar in a 2-1 victory over PSV Einhoven. Altidore's 31 goals across all competitions is a new record for an American player in Europe but his scoring in the Dutch Cup was staggering. Altidore scored in each of AZ's six cup games and had eight goals in total for the whole tournament, including the winner in the finals.
Stuart Holden is on his way back to the US national team for the first time since 2010.
On Thursday night US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Thursday night on US Soccer's home page that he intended to call up the 27 year old Holden not just for the May-June friendlies and qualifiers but also for this summer's Gold Cup.
Former US U-17 Junior Flores has a contract with Borussia Dortmund and he is looking to start his tenure with the club soon.
Sources told YA that Flores will be training at Borussia Dortmund through the Champions League final on May 25. Flores will attend the Finals as Dortmund take on Bayern Munich on May 25 at Wembley Stadium in London.