World Cup Qualifying previews

Jay DeMerit (ISI Photos)

Jay DeMerit (ISI Photos)

Bad news and good news for the US: Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu’s central defense partner, has been left home as the rest of the squads travels to Trinidad to take on Trinidad and Tobego tomorrow night. Perhaps that’ll give someone else a chance to make a good impression. Good, or perhaps just interesting, news is that Edgar Castillo, a Mexican-American left back, has been cleared by FIFA to play for the United States. Perhaps he’s the best option at left back now that Jonathan Bornstein has totally crapped the bed.

As an aside, Grant Wahl has a good Q & A session with Bob Bradley here. It’s well worth checking out.

A re-energized Mexico takes on Honduras at Estadio Azteca. I think that as much as Javier Aguirre has helped the team, the real key has been Giovani dos Santos’s (re)emergence as an attacking force. He’s been on fire since the Gold Cup which hopefully means his club career will be re-ignited.

In CONMEBOL, it’s do or die for Argentina against Paraguay tomorrow night. Perhaps literally. A must-win game means that Diego Maradona and his boys will be under tremendous pressure. I’m not sure if any of them would be welcome back in Buenos Aires if they lose.

In UEFA qualifying, Don Fabio is thanking Slaven Bilič for saying his team lacks “Englishness” since the Italian took over. There are calls to start Jermain Defoe but I don’t think that’s a good idea.  Look for David Beckham to get his 114th cap, though.

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