Nz Wins 6th Pt Against Usa In America’s Cup As Skipper And Ashby In Fine Trim (video)

Wing trimmer Glenn Ashby relaxes in front of press after win 7 at America's Cup

“I am proud of this team and proud of the hard work. Everyone deserves it so much.” It is the seventh straight World Cup finals appearance for the United States stretching back to 1990. The win propelled the Americans to the top of the qualifying table with 16 points, one ahead of Costa Rica. Honduras is third with 11 points while Panama sits fourth ahead of Mexico based on their better goals scored differential. They both have eight points while Jamaica is sixth with four points. Johnson broke the deadlock in the 49th minute with a header before Donovan doubled the lead in the 78th from close range in front of a crowd of 24,584 at Columbus Crew Stadium. “It was a tense game and a lot was at stake but everybody was so hungry for this win,” said American coach Jurgen Klinsmann. USA goalkeeper Tim Howard made a pair of key saves in the first half to keep the match scoreless before Johnson headed home a Donovan corner just four minutes into the second half. “In the second half we were fantastic,” Howard said. “We knew we were going to create chances and we did.” The Americans were missing four key players, including midfielder Michael Bradley who sat out with an ankle injury. Three others were serving suspensions after picking up cautions in last Friday’s defeat to Costa Rica.

Hiram Mier (L) of Mexico tries to get past Landon Donovan of USA in Columbus, Ohio, September 10, 2013

Whether it’s the boat design or the skill of tactician Glenn Ashby, New Zealand has one foot back in Auckland with the cup. Meanwhile, Australian member of NZ Glenn Ashby’s family frolicked in the sun, relaxed and happy while the press conference continued in front of them on the huge screen in the center of the pavillion. Kiwis lounged in the oversized bean bag chairs and waved flags. A stuffed Kiwi toy peeked his or her beak out of a backpack at the Puma Bar. The little girls in black Emirates t-shirts scampered and played with their Barbie dolls. Ashby’s Dad John, who lives in Australia, camped out under the Puma Bar stairs in the shade and helped keep an eye on the rambunctious family. The girls played ate watermelon, peaches and green grapes and sipped canned lemonade. Just another at the office for Dad. Holly the tiny one, with a head of blond curls and pink cheeks, liked to show off her New Zealand pretend tattoo. She even took a picture using my camera by pressing the big silver button. Her grandfather helped her press down but he said she knows how to use an iPhone to select movies and watch them. “I don’t even have an iPhone” he said.