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U.S. recovers from calamity in Cancun

Updated: November 8, 2010, 9:03 PM ET

The United States' 3-0 win over Costa Rica on Monday means the U.S. can take a few deep breaths, having survived the one-game elimination stage of its quest to snag the final spot in the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany. As the third-place finisher out of CONCACAF, the Americans will face Italy, which finished fifth in UEFA qualifying, in a home-and-home playoff series Nov. 20 in Italy and Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

The U.S. should not, however, ...

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