Sunday Soccer: World Cup Draw, Bruins Win & Becks in Oz

The U.S. learned today that it opens qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in June against the winner of the Barbados-Dominican Republic game after the draw in South Africa.

Meanwhile, with fewer than two minutes remaining in UCLA’s NCAA Tournament opener against New Mexico Saturday, Palos Verdes Estates’ Kyle Nakazawa scored a dramatic winner from a 20-yard free kick to send the Bruins through to the next round, 1-0 .

It was an unbelievable way to finish the game, Nakazawa said of his third goal of the season. When I first lined it up, I didnt see an angle, but then I found a little hole and thought I could bend it in. I couldnt have hit it any better. It was one of the greatest feelings I have had in my college career.

UCLA (9-8-3) faces Santa Clara on Wednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Last month when the teams met the Broncos won 2-1 in overtime, scoring both goals while the Bruins were down a man.

It would be great to get revenge on Santa Clara, UCLA Coach Jorge Salcedo said. Santa Clara has been a very successful team this year, and in the game we played up there earlier in the year, we played well enough to win. They dont play the most attractive soccer, but theyre effective, and our team will be ready for the battle.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy have arrived in Australia where the familiar scenes of Beckhammania are playing out and Landon Donovan is called just “another Galaxy player.”

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