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      VICTORY!!!
       
      Redskins 20 - 15 Cardinals
       
      Sorry folks, just made it. Plus, all of our photogs are injured.
       
      It must be the end of a bad season with no hope of playoffs.
       
      But I am here, JimmiJo, to bring you all the action.
       
      Here are my thoughts in a nutshell, bottom-line sort of way: win today or coaches could become at risk. 
       
      This is where you see who is who and who will be here next year.
       
      Follow along on Twitter @Skinscast.
       
      Inactives 
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 19 WR Robert Davis
      o   No. 35 S Montae Nicholson
      o   No. 53 LB Zach Brown
      o   No. 67 G Kyle Kalis
      o   No. 71 T Trent Williams
      o   No. 73 C Demetrius Rhaney
      o   No. 97 DL Terrell McClain
       
      Half
       
      Prototypical game for Washington. Jump out to early start, then the offense starts to fade. The bad news with this is Arizona has stuck with the run game and it is starting to pay dividends for them. 
       
      Thanks to a fumble by Vernon Davis and a good defensive stand by the Redskins; the Cardinals were able to muster a field goal to pull within 5.

      Head coach Jay was visibly upset on that last drive and one wonders if he is not going to be lighting this team up in the locker room.
       
      The Redskins get the ball to start the half. 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      JimmiJo
       
      Make no mistake. A win is a win is a win.
       
      But let’s not kid ourselves; any competent quarterback for Arizona and this was likely a loss. Heck, if the tight end holds the ball at the 1-yard line at the end it is likely a loss.
       
      The Washington Redskins got one they had to have. It meant nothing in the overall; there are no postseason aspirations, and this game likely had no spoiler-implications.
       
      But for the Redskins it was about pride and identity. It was also about people’s jobs.
       
      If a football team cannot get up for a much-needed win against a bad team in front of their home crowd; the problems are about more than injuries and dumb-luck. Such a loss would have been an indictment of the coaching staff. Specifically the head coach.
       
      Attitude is a reflection of leadership, as the saying goes. And lately this team has not been showing up.
       
      That’s on the man in charge.
       
      A loss today and ownership could be starting to consider a change at skipper. At a minimum he is wondering who else is out there.
       
      The good news is the team responded and found a way to win. They had help.
       
      Blaine Gabbert finished the day 16-of-41 for 181 for quarterback rating of 52.9. Worse were those moments when he decided to have poor accuracy. His red zone effectiveness was atrocious.
       
      Then there were the dropped balls from the receivers. If the Cardinals tight end catches the ball at the 1-yard line we are having a different conversation.
       
      The Redskins on the other hand didn’t fare much better. They posted just 218 total net yards of offense, and a paltry 31-yards rushing.
       
      The offense benefitted from an opening drive sack-fumble by their defense. Two plays later, Kirk connected with Jamison Crowder for the easy touchdown.
       
      Two drives later the Redskins would again draw blood when Cousins hooked up with Kapri Bibbs fir a 36-yard touchdown.
      But after this the offense went flat. They managed only 15-total plays in the first half. And early in the 2nd half had only amassed 5-yards rushing.
       
      The turnover the start the second half deflated the team and stadium.  Washington would manage to add another two field goals, and it turned out to be  just enough to get the win.
       
      Cousins was by far the best player on offense finishing 18/26 for 196-yards, 2-touchdowns and a QB-rating of 149.07.
      Crowder led all receivers with 5-catches for 55-yards and a TD. Next came Bibbs, with 4-receptions for 47-yards and a touchdown.
       
      Defensively, Washington brought pressure that made a difference at times. Preston Smith had a banner-day; finishing the game with a sack, fumble recovery, and interception. Anthony Lanier had two batted balls and a forced fumble. Kendall Fuller led all tacklers with 6-solo and 2-assists.
       
      The Redskins did just enough to get a win at home. It means they can still to avoid a losing season which would paint a much different picture on the season.
       
      From here on out it’s about who wants to be here next year. Washington has one more home game against the Denver Broncos, who feature a touch defensive group. They will then travel to New York for the final game of the year.
       
      It’s all about character now.
       
       

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CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualification - Play resumes Sept 6!

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(was carried over from the old software so I'm not able to edit the title)

 

Current Standings:

 

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Top 3 go to Brazil. 4th place enters a playoff against New Zealand for trip to Brazil.


Upcoming Schedule

September 6

Mexico v Honduras

Panama v Jamaica

Costa Rica v United States

 

September 10

Jamaica v Costa Rica

Honduras v Panama

United States v Mexico (in Columbus, shown on ESPN)

 

CONCACAF Homepage

Tournament Schedule (full schedule from CONCACAF site)
Wikipedia Overview (tournament history, tables, etc)
US Soccer Schedule (includes ticket and tv information)

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I can't wait to see the NorthWest crowd on Tuesday! I think they will be a true homefield advantage for the USNMT. I hope they earn a permanent spot in the rotation.

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As far as I can tell field surface has been the concern in the past. I think Seattle and Portland will be awesome hosts.

Yep! They wanted Portland and Seattle to put in grass for any International game, nobody wanted to pay for it.

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I wish I was still in Seattle, I might have gone 

 

Good to see the remaining games won't be hidden on Bein Sports. I love soccer, but I don't like it being hidden on channels nobody gets. 

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19 points is the current magic number for the US to automatically qualify.

 

If the US wins, Mexico wins and Jamaica Honduras tie, that magic number drops to 17

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Last I heard Seattle was still around 34,000 out of 45,000 available tickets.  

 

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As I said in the other thread people were convinced Mexico would wipe the floor with everyone.  I just didn't see it happening.  Why?  Because qualifying is like a tough season.  When you are the top dog everyone will be gunning to take you out. Mexico was the hot thing coming into the Hex so that put a particularly big target on them.  Despite being first in Concacaf the last few times in qualifying we weren't the ones everyone wanted to take out.  It's actually good for us because we stay out of the spotlight as the team to beat.  As I sad in the other thread too Mexico might start to worry.  Yes they sit in 3rd but they have a extra match under their belt and if they draw at home they might be trouble.  Right now they have the benefit of teams not doing well after starting strong (Honduras & Jamaica). If Mexico doesn't improve though they end up in 4th which honestly if that happened they probably still make the world cup cuz they shouldn't lose the playoff.

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Goal last night by Evans was so nice. Turn and shoot, bada boom billy.  Nice to see Altidore score some recently.

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I don't know how Evans managed to get any power on that shot but he did! It was so awkward looking.

 

And I agree about Jozy. I have been a major hater in the past, but I just really wanted him to play well and I'm glad he's got a couple goals. Hopefully they keep coming.

 

Also big ups to Zusi for taking over in Donovan's absence. I think the qualifying spot is his to lose at this point.

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Looking forward to July 21st, what are the chances of the US playing in Baltimore?

 

As long as they go 1 or 2 in group play, they'll be there. And if they can't go 1 or 2 in a group with Costa Rica, Belize, and Cuba, then we shouldn't even bother having a WCQ thread...

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Looking forward to July 21st, what are the chances of the US playing in Baltimore?

 

As long as they go 1 or 2 in group play, they'll be there. And if they can't go 1 or 2 in a group with Costa Rica, Belize, and Cuba, then we shouldn't even bother having a WCQ thread...

Or a team.

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Yea they should win the group, but then again it probably won't be our A team for Gold Cup group play and let's be honest this is the US so I don't know.

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Well Donovan will be there.  So there's that.  I heard  Mix Diskerud is being call for it and who knows about the Aaron Johnasson situation. Great player who is looking more by the day like he's picking us over iceland.

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@IanDarkeESPN 10:18 PM

Enjoying Seattle. Fine city. Impressive stadium. USA must avoid complacency v unbeaten Panama on ESPN tomorrow( Tues)

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Twitterverse says Joe Corona will start for Zusi.

 

Im terrified.

 

Add to the terror, Beasley had to have a root canal yesterday, so his status is up the air.

 

And apparently the field is a total mess (temp grass over the turf in Seattle.  Brilliant move by US soccer.

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Come to think of it, the NBA game probalby wont' end until 11:30, so I'll be up until that game ends. Will have the NBA game on mute though. 

 

Get it done Americans

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Twitterverse says Joe Corona will start for Zusi.

 

Im terrified.

 

Add to the terror, Beasley had to have a root canal yesterday, so his status is up the air.

 

And apparently the field is a total mess (temp grass over the turf in Seattle.  Brilliant move by US soccer.

That fanbase deserves some National Team love. They need to do a better job with the details. I would guess Fabian Johnson will slide back to leftback, which is an improvement in my opinion. Is Hercules on the team? He wasn't bad on the wing... 

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Gomez dismissed to rehab with his club.

 

Give Seattle a friendly, not an important qualifier on a ****ty surface.

 

Maybe it'll snow.......

 

 

Still no word on Beasley, but if he cant play, then Im sure we'll see Johnson at LB.  Then what though?  Eddie Johnson?  Brad Davis?

 

Dear lord help us if it means Sacha sees the pitch

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Dear lord help us if it means Sacha sees the pitch

 

 

How dare you even think it! Is Stuart ready? How close is he?

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Mexico v Costa Rica coming up on ESPN. 10 minute delay because Costa Rica's bus was 10 min late. Fans are looking pretty sparse.

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Starting XI: 1-Howard; 6-Evans, 3-Gonzalez, 5-Besler, 7-Beasley; 4-Bradley,

20-Cameron; 18-E. Johnson, 8-Dempsey ©, 23-F. Johnson; 17-Altidore

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