Paid Their Dues: Mondy Qualifies for World Cup

Mike Stobe

Mondragon is going to the World Cup, Orozco wins Hex, and Harvey lifts Cascadia Cup.

With their 3-3 draw with Chile on Friday, Colombia has qualified for the 2014 World Cup. Colombia went down 3-0, but showed determination to come back and earn the draw. Both Mondragón and loanee Carlos Valdes watched from the bench. This will be Valdes's first World Cup appearance, and Mondragón's third, his first coming in 1994.

As always, Jordan Harvey played 90 minutes for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. The Caps took down the Sounders 4-1 in the Emerald City. The Sounders lost in Portland only a few days later, giving Vancouver their first Cascadia Cup since 2008. Despite their rivalry cup success, Vancouver still sits three points out of the playoffs with two games left to play.

Three Union alumni were in action as the Fire traveled to Frisco to take on FC Dallas. Chris Seitz received his second start in as many weeks, with Raul Fernandez on international duty. Seitz was faced with eight shots on goal, but he only managed to stop five of them. Andrew Jacobson and Bakary Soumare also got starts from their respective clubs. Chicago is currently in a playoff position, as they have recorded more wins than the Union. With the loss, Dallas is eliminated from the playoff race.

Shea Salinas was named Man of The Match by mlssoccer.com, as he assisted on San Jose's winner on Wednesday. The 'Quakes trailed the Rapids by four points coming into this match, but are now only one point out of that final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Danny Mwanga made a 15 minute cameo, but failed to make an impact (WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY IMPACT?!).

Justin Mapp played just 61 minutes in Montreal's home loss to the Revolution. The Impact are currently in fourth place, but could find themselves in anywhere from first to eighth at the end of the season.

Lionard Pajoy came off the bench in the 87th minute for DCU, and managed to draw eight offside calls before the final whistle blew (not really).

Michael Orozco watched from the bench as the USMNT defeated Jamaica on Friday. With the win, the U.S. has clinched the top spot in the Hex.

Porfirio Lopez played in both of Alajuelense's matches this week, and, of course, didn't allow a goal in either of them. Oddly, Lopez came off the bench in LDA's win over Uruguay on Sunday. Porfirio has led his squad to nine clean sheets in the past 13 games, and I just don't know how that's even possible.

Freddy Adu didn't appear in any of the three games Bahia played this week.

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