The U.S. did what it had to do and won on home turf, says Marc Connolly.
In his look back at a draw-filled 2004 campaign that saw seven teams post nine or more ties, our resident soccer scribe reveals his picks for MVP, Rookie of the Year, best game and more.
Halfway through the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. leads Group 1 with five points, but the team faces its toughest road test in this stage with a match vs. El Salvador on Oct. 9.
It's crucial for the U.S. to get maximum points against El Salvador on Sept. 4 in Foxboro.
The United States' ability to play for each other and sacrifice for the team was on full display in the Americans' 2-1 victory over Brazil in the 2004 gold medal match.
Jonny Walker's experience from playing in South America has prepared him for big matches and earned him a spot in the U.S. goalie pool.
The Revs like their chances against the Fire, but they'll need to stifle the speedy Chicago attackers as well as playing mistake-free defense to get the job done.
Columbus and New England will have to try and find the net if either want to advance in the MLS playoffs.