On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, The United States took on Jamaica in a vital match for a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Graham Zusi had the first goal scoring opportunity in the 6th minute but blocked by Dwayne Miller. In the 9th minute, the fans cheered louder and shouted USA for the men and women who lost their lives, this action ended in the 11th minute. When asked about this action, Clint Dempsey said,
“The crowd was great and they really got behind us. We draw strength from each other in tough times and that was something everybody will remember on that day. People lost loved ones and didn’t know why. They were waiting around watching TV, and trying to get answers but as a country we were able to draw strength within ourselves. When you get knocked down, you get back up again. They (the crowd in Columbus) really got behind us tonight and showed their patriotism. It was one of the best atmospheres I’ve played in with the National Team here in the States.”
At half time Graham Zusi was asked his thoughts on the first half and Zusi said,
“We were unlucky not to get a couple goals and sometimes that can put a team down, but that wasn’t the case with us. We came out in the second half and put them under pressure again. The mood at halftime was a positive one, but even more so to try and take it too them a little bit more.”
The first and only goal came in the 50th minute when Herculez Gomez shot and scored a thirty five yard rocket that Dwayne Miller just couldn’t get to. Tim Howard later said
“He’s awesome. The one thing we love about Herc is that he’s really got that ‘Van Nistelrooy’ to him. He’s really greedy and selfish in the most positive way imaginable. He gets the ball, gives it and breaks to get into the box because he wants to score. If there’s a loose ball, he’s going to be on it. If there is a half-chance to be had, he’s going to get it. It’s great to have those kind of guys on your team because you always know you have a chance. My hat goes off to Herc, he bounced around from team-to-team in MLS and then he goes down and makes a huge impact in Mexico and comes here and shows his worth. Nine out of 10 players, after they bounce around, just accept it and he didn’t.”
The United States won the game on that goal and where very proud to bring home a win for the fans and the country on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.