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The latest pair in the U.S. Soccer series of game-specific posters and scarves for the final round of World Cup qualifying has been released.
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The U.S. will face Mexico on September 9th in Columbus, where they could potentially qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
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Of course, the U.S. could also qualify for Brazil in Costa Rica first, as the team will travel to San Jose to play there on September 6th, and three points could seal their spot in the 2014 World Cup. If they win, and the other results end in their favor, early qualification is possible.
However, the U.S. has never won a World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica, so it’s a tough challenge that Jurgen Klinsmann says the team is up for.
“We want to get three points. We want to qualify as soon as possible for the World Cup in Brazil,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “We have to be extremely disciplined with eight or nine players being on yellow cards to prepare also for the game against Mexico in Columbus, so going into Costa Rica we really need to be on top of our game.”
The U.S. sit atop the Hex standings heading into these qualifiers:
The roster Klinsmann has called in for these two matches:
Goalkeepers Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando
Defenders DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Edgar Castillo, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco
Midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi
Forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson
How do I get my hands on that poster?
Schoolbooks tell us that the Spanish-American War began in April 1898 and ended in August of that same year. The name and dates fit nicely with a widespread inclination from President William McKinley’s day to our own to frame U.S. intervention in Cuba as an altruistic effort to liberate that island from Spanish oppression.
Yet the Cubans were not exactly bystanders in that drama. By 1898, they had been fighting for years to oust their colonial overlords. And although hostilities in Cuba itself ended on August 12th, they dragged on in the Philippines, another Spanish colony that the United States had seized for reasons only remotely related to liberating Cubans. Notably, U.S. troops occupying the Philippines waged a brutal war not against Spaniards but against Filipino nationalists no more inclined to accept colonial rule by Washington than by Madrid. So widen the aperture to include this Cuban prelude and the Filipino postlude and you end up with something like this: The Spanish-American-Cuban-Philippines War of 1895-1902. Too clunky? How about the War for the American Empire? This much is for sure: rather than illuminating, the commonplace textbook descriptor serves chiefly to conceal.
Andrew Bacevich, Naming Our Nameless War