All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BALTIMORE, Sept. 13, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios presented the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter today during the kickoff of Star-Spangled Banner Defenders’ Day Weekend, the city’s oldest holiday celebrating its successful defense against British attack and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1814. The coin’s reverse (tails side) depicts the national site during the Defenders’ Day celebration and fireworks, which symbolize the “rocket’s red glare,” linking the fort to its historic past. “The defense of Fort McHenry was the watershed event in the War of 1812,” Treasurer Rios said, “and this new quarter captures the significance of that victory and connects all Americans who use it to Fort McHenry and its honored place in American history.” Joining Treasurer Rios for the coin’s presentation were U.S. Senator Ben Cardin; U.S. Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes; Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; site Superintendent Tina Cappetta; and United States Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson. Park ranger James C. Bailey served as master of ceremonies. The event culminated in a coin exchange where members of the crowd traded their currency for newly minted quarters. The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter is the 19th coin released in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a multi-year initiative authorized by Public Law 110-456 (America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008). The United States Mint is offering several product options featuring the quarters at its online catalog at . These products may also be ordered by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). During the Battle of Baltimore, from September 13 to 14, 1814, the valiant defense of the star-shaped Fort McHenry against the might of the British navy inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The “Star-Spangled Banner” still flies over Fort McHenry 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The fort was used continuously in a variety of ways through WW II. It is most famous as the birthplace of our National Anthem, and many special activities are planned at the fort from now through 2014 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Digital images of the Fort McHenry National Park and Historic Shrine quarter are available at . Information about Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is available at . Follow Fort McHenry National Park and Historic Shrine on Facebook and Twitter . Information about the United States Mint is available at . To subscribe to United States Mint electronic product notifications, news releases and public statements, visit . Sign up for RSS Feeds from the United States Mint and follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest .
Big question: Is this United States squad the best in history?
The three points take the USMNT to 16 overall from their eight matches, eight points clear of Panama in fourth and thus enough to seal qualification for the World Cup with two matches to spare. With the two sides having drawn 0-0 in the reverse fixture in March, it was always likely to be a tight affair this time around. It proved so during the first half, perhaps with Mexico just about edging matters before the U.S. took control after the break. Eddie Johnson was the man who got the all-important first goal of the game just four minutes into the second half, powerfully heading home the opener from a corner on the right-hand side. Jose Corona was left punching thin air as the U.S. striker leaped ahead of him. A nervy half-hour ensued for both sides before Landon Donovan sealed the win in the 78th minute after a fine run down the right channel by Norwegian-born midfielder Mikkel Diskerud. His low cross was flicked on by Clint Dempsey , with Donovan unmarked at the far post to smash home the United States’ second goal of the night. That was enough to seal the 2-0 victorythe USA’s fifth in eight games during the Hexagonaland late goals elsewhere meant it sent them to the top of the final group phase and through to the World Cup. Goalkeeper Tim Howard was in fine form to make several saves to keep his 32nd clean sheet for the national side. He hailed his team’s performance as one that would be “shown 15 or 20 years from now.” Goalscorer Donovan revealed he couldn’t imagine a better place than Brazil to feature at a World Cup, and Kyle Beckerman spoke of the “amazing feeling” he got from the victory. While the players celebrated at the full-time whistle, the sense of achievement and expectation was no less in the stands, as captured by a fan’s video in the lead-up to Johnson’s vital headed goal. The USMNT will now turn their attentions to the final two qualifying matches against Jamaica and Panama to come in mid-October.
The likes of Clint Dempsey , Jozy Altidore , Michael Bradley and Tim Howard can already pack their floral swim shorts and flip-flops, theyre on the plane to Rio. But with so much strength in depth this has to be the strongest ever pool of players. The sheer numbers of players playing regularly in the top European leagues (Cameron, Johnson, Jones, Guzan, Bradley, Howard, Altidore, Shea, Diskerud, Bedoya etc.) is phenomenal and all of Major League Soccers star U.S. players are now being given a chance and are impressing. The fact that someone of Donovans class was being kept out of the team for most of 2013 is a good indication as to how good this team is. At any other time period in U.S. soccer history leaving Donovan out of a squad would be akin to Argentina sitting Lionel Messi on the bench. It just wouldnt happen. Talent in abundance. Verdict Anyway after all that, my mind is made up. The 2013 USMNT squad is the best group of players the United States has ever produced that are all playing together at the same time. Enjoy watching it folks, this is historic.
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