October 8, 2009
TAKING THE FIFTH
Moreno to ref U.S. WCQ again
If you feel that Panamanain referee Roberto Moreno works the middle of every U.S. World Cup qualifier, you're not that far off the base.
He work call the Americans' qualifier vs. Honduras in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on Saturday (no TV, 10 p.m.), the fifth time during the 2010 WCQ cycle he has been in the middle.
Here are the other times Moreno has been the game official for the U.S.:
* June 22, 2008 -- The U.S. recorded a 1-0 win over host Barbados after rolling to an 8-0 triumph in the first leg of the total goals series.
* Oct. 11, 2008 -- He was not a factor in a 6-1 U.S. romp in Washington, D.C.
* April 1, 2009 -- Jozy Altidore recorded his first qualifying hat-trick in a 3-0 victory in Nashville, Tenn. and Moreno was not a factor.
* Aug. 12, 2009 -- Moreno awarded yellow cards to three U.S. defenders in a 2-1 Mexican win in Mexico City.
“The pool of officials that we typically see in qualifying is usually pretty small," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said in a conference call Wednesday. "And so in that respect, CONCACAF has challenges at times on who to put at different games.
"Beyond that we’re focusing only on tendencies of referees, things that we see in terms of how they call games, and making sure our team is aware of the tendencies and experiences that we’ve had. Finally, it’s always going to be necessary in these games to put an emphasis on the discipline in our team. These are the things we really focus on because that’s the part that we can control.”