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The win, coupled later with a draw between Honduras and Panama , booked the Yanks’ place in the 2014 World Cup . AMERICAN PRIDE From Dempsey to Reyna, find out the best US footballers of all-time. The deafening chants of a crowd of 24,584 who had won out in a lottery of more than 50,000 entrants or paid hundreds of dollars for their tickets on the secondary market had put on quite the display before the game, laboring through the near-triple digit heat and underscoring their own patriotism on the eve of a day laden with symbolism. If the raucous spectators were supposed to make the Mexicans uneasy, however, it was the Americans who started the game tentatively. El Tri happily let the US venture into its half before deploying its press, frequently catching the Americans out on a sloppy pass and charging forward en masse. The USA was essentially pinned back, in spite of having the bulk of the ball, because the center of the field was so congested that circulation grew very fraught. The United States men’s national team sealed their 2014 World Cup ticket on Tuesday night (Image: David Richard/USA TODAY Sports). When the Americans gave up the ball, as they often did needlessly, Mexico hit a through ball, clipped one over the top or dispatched a winger, forcing the American back line to hang back more than it would like. Only Clint Dempsey, who was manhandled at every chance, managed to forge some danger, running at defenders and looking to get teammates involved. But the execution of those forays was invariably lacking, whether it be on the final pass or the shot. And if Dempseys partnership with Donovan up the left wing was strong, the US didnt make enough of its chances. In fact, were it not for a handful of majestic Tim Howard saves, the Yanks would most likely have closed out the opening act at a deficit. The second half offered up a much changed picture, however. Seemingly sapped of energy, Mexico allowed the Americans to gain a better fluidity and sharpness. Coughing up fewer needless balls, El Tri had to work that much harder, furthering their fatigue.

Riley Davis, president of USA’s Student Government Association and a member of the search committee, will be one of the main student liaisons when the university community evaluates the candidates during the on-campus interviews. Davis said each of the finalists has a strong background with student relations. “They all seemed to express great interest in being in this area,” she said. “… That was something good to hear.” The dates for the forums are: Sept. 19 (Gilbert), Sept. 26 (Everts) and Oct. 3 (Ross). All will be held at 4 p.m. in the Mitchell Center. Furr said the community would be encouraged to give feedback on the finalists. Comment sheets will be available at the forums, and the USA website, www.southalabama.edu/trustees/presidentialsearch/ , will have a place where people may email the committee with comments and questions.

USA Board of Trustees announces three finalists for university president

EDT September 13, 2013 Texas A&M vs. Alabama is the most anticipated game of the year. Louisville also plays rival Kentucky on Saturday. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports) Alabama vs. Texas A&M is the most-anticipated college football game of the season The other matchup of ranked opponents will be in Lincoln, where Nebraska hosts UCLA Texas tries to bounce back from last week in a test vs. Mississippi, and Tennessee travels to Oregon SHARE 35 CONNECT 35 TWEET 6 COMMENTEMAILMORE The wait is over. The most-anticipated college football game of the season is finally here. Ten months after Texas A&M stunned Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide will pay a visit to College Station and face the team that nearly knocked them out of national title contention. RANKING: Week 3’s top 10 games Alabama must figure out how to stop Johnny Manziel and the Aggies offense that tore through them early last year. With the entire offseason to prepare, we’ll see if Nick Saban has come up with a way to slow down the Heisman Trophy winner. Though the stakes are high for this game, it is important to note that Alabama last season was able to overcome a loss to make its way to the BCS title game . The loser isn’t out of it. But the winner sure gets a big boost on the way to Pasadena.