Bedoya plays role in high drama in Panama: Last night, Boston College alum Alejandro Bedoya started and played the full 90 minutes for the US men's national soccer team in their final World Cup qualifier away against Panama. The US locked up their spot in the World Cup back in September and had nothing to play for last night; meanwhile, archrival Mexico was facing a life-or-death situation against Costa Rica to keep their World Cup hopes alive. The bottom line was that a Panama win over the US and a Mexico loss to Costa Rica would stunningly eliminate Mexico from the World Cup.
During the game, Bedoya was shifted to right back, a position he almost never plays - one of many experimental roster moves that led to speculation that the US wouldn't be too bothered by losing this game. The Americans trailed 2-1 entering stoppage time, and with Mexico losing 2-1 in Costa Rica, it looked like Mexico was out. Then, the US scored two goals in two minutes in stoppage time to shatter Panama's heart, winning 3-2 in the most incredibly dramatic fashion possible; those flicking channels last night were able to hear the absolute joy and relief in the voices of the Telemundo announcers as Mexico's bacon was saved by their archrivals. They live to play another day, facing off against New Zealand in a home-and-home playoff to see who makes the Cup. Panama is eliminated.
It was truly a remarkable night of sporting spectacle and I'm glad a BC alum wss a part of it, as it gives me an excuse to talk about it again here.
Does anyone who speaks Spanish want to take a crack at translating what gets said here as the Mexican broadcast team goes nuts for the US goal? I understand the parts he says in English...
LOS GOLES DE USA QUE LLEVAN A MEXICO AL REPECHAJE!!! (via Sangre Amarilla)
Addazio reinstituted the physical, blue-collar mentality that's always worked best at BC, relying on a massive offensive line and a power run game to set the tone for the team. Defensive coordinator Don Brown installed an aggressive defensive philosophy, and after totaling just six sacks in 2012, the Eagles already have 15 in 2013.
James Hendren: I didn't catch much of the game because I had a game at 2, but I saw the strip sack fumble return by Clemson and that's a play where I know I'll be able to make a difference. Defensive linemen won't be making the same plays against me.
Don't let the 3-3 record fool you. The Eagles lost to a talented USC team and were defeated by 14 points to Florida State and 10 to Clemson - clearly the top-two teams in the ACC. With winnable games against New Mexico State, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland and Syracuse remaining, Boston College should make a bowl in 2013.
Just a reminder that this is the same publication that a few months ago wanted you to give them money in exchange for stuff that said "BC will finish last in the ACC" and "BC has nobody good in the skill positions."
Andre Williams makes second team All-American at RB behind Washington's Bishop Sankey and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.
Senior Alex Amidon (football) and graduate student Corinne Boyles (women's ice hockey) were named Eagles of the Week for their performances last week.
Boston College freshman forward Andie Anastos has earned Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week honors after scoring in each of the team's two games against St. Lawrence over the weekend, including a short-handed goal in the first game and the game-winning goal in the second game, as announced by the league on Monday.
Anastos is quickly becoming an impact player for BC. The Eagles face off against UNH tonight.