Best player U.S. has ever produced comes through when it counts

“So who has been the standout for U.S. Soccer this past year? That’s the question I need to answer, as my ballot arrived just this past week for the Honda Player of Year, voted on annually by the American soccer media. If you had asked me Saturday afternoon, I would’ve said my vote probably was going to U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, whose dominant performances in World Cup qualifying and, especially, the Confederations Cup, have made him the standout of 2009 and earned him high-profile transfer to AC Milan. I mean, how often does an American land himself a gig at Milan? (Answer: never, before Gooch.)” (SI)

Altidore, Dempsey rally U.S. to comeback win
“The United States is getting good at coming from behind in World Cup qualifiers. The Americans rallied from an early deficit and beat El Salvador 2-1 on Saturday night, moving into prime position to qualify for its sixth straight World Cup.” (SI)

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