Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Tuesday night's World Cup Qualifiers proved a mixed bag for Real Salt Lake players on international duty after the U.S. worked its way through, Costa Rica coasted, and Canada crashed.
Tuesday night's World Cup Qualifiers proved a mixed bag for Real Salt Lake players on international duty, with Alvaro Saborio's Costa Rica winning big, Will Johnson's Canada losing big, and USA's Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando both not being utilized.
Will Johnson, Canada: 80 minutes v. Cuba, 3-0; 90 minutes v. Honduras, 1-8
Will Johnson will be bitterly disappointed as Canada failed to make the Hexagonal after succumbing to Honduras by a shameful scoreline. If anyone can respond to the disappointment, though, it's Johnson, who will be hoping to lift a trophy at the end of the season with Real Salt Lake. As far as Canada is concerned, 2016 and another round of World Cup qualifiers can't come soon enough.
Alvaro Saborio, Costa Rica: 80 minutes v. El Salvador, 1-0; 90 minutes v. Guyana, 7-0
Alvaro Saborio played a huge role in Costa Rica's defeat of El Salvador, serving the ball into the box leading to the goal. He also scored twice in the 7-0 throbbing of minnows Guyana - once from a penalty and once from a corner. He had a chance to make it 8-0 from the spot, but his shot was well-saved by the goalkeeper.
Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando, USA: 0 minutes both players; in both v. Antigua and Barbuda, 2-1, and v. Guatemala, 3-1
Both Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando sat on the bench for both U.S. matches. There were some nervy moments in the first half against Guatemala when it appeared Rimando might be utilized, but Tim Howard was able to shake any injury concern.
With both flying to Seattle tomorrow (and they'll be bringing Eddie Johnson along with them), they could well appear for RSL, but on Saturday, Jason Kreis was cagy about the possibility.