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So it’s Mexico versus the US After All

Canada and Guadeloupe did not make it easy, but we have the final everyone expected in the Gold Cup. The US once again squandered chance after chance but somehow managed to hang on to a 2 to 1 victory over a very game Canada squad. The US was without question the beneficiary of poor officiating when a tying Canada goal was ruled offsides even though the replays clearly indicate that Atiba Hutchinson was onside, especially considering the ball played off American defender Oguchi Onyewu. Mexican official Benito Archundia deserves a severe reprimand from CONCACAF for blowing such a vital call, but he debunks the theory many have held that a Mexican official will never give the Americans a call. The US had an opportunity to take a 3-0 lead early in the 2nd half when Landon Donovan whiffed on a perfectly played ball from DeMarcus Beasley. That miss by Donovan seems to have opened the game up for Canada, and no doubt the Canadians much like Guatemala and Panama before them made the Americans look silly in the 20 minutes of the match. Iain Hume’s goal was the first ever conceded by Kasey Keller in a match against Canada, and from that point on it seemed the Americans were hanging on for dear life. Michael Bradley’s clumsy tackle from behind was a well earned sending off that gave Canada even more life. For the US to defeat Mexico they must play better in the finals, or perhaps maybe they don’t.

Somehow Mexico has reached the Gold Cup Finals for the 5th time in 9 events. Yet this run to the finals has to be considered the weakest in some time. Mexico was fortunate to beat Cuba, lost to Honduras, got outplayed by Panama and needed help from the officials to defeat Costa Rica. Tonight in the semifinals Mexico gutted out a 1-0 victory against a nation, Guadeloupe playing in its first ever international competition. As I had expected before the tournament began, Guadeloupe would be strong, but quite honestly even I was in shock when it seemed around minute 55 that they may actually beat Mexico and make the finals. Mexico in the end won, but must be considered both lucky and a heavy underdog for the finals especially considering that El Tri has been outscored 14 to 0 in its last 8 matches on American soil versus the USA.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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3 Responses to So it’s Mexico versus the US After All

  1. USA2010 says:

    That game was a big step back for USA. They missed chances and let Canada dictate the pace in the second half. USA looked tired and disorganized. The sloppy, reckless tackling has spread.

    As I remarked on MLS Talk, Bocanegra and Onweyu were key. Bocanegra constantly clearing the ball into the middle of the field in front of goal (almost getting Keller killed) and Onweyu heading the ball onto the foot of an obviously on-side Gerba.

    Thank god for the greatest goal of Frankie Hejduk’s career!

    USA better get their act together for Sunday.

  2. Adrigoal06 says:

    i thought bradley shoulda subbed mastroeni out earlier. fahlhaber seems to be the better player in my opinion. also why aren’t spector, demerit or siemek playing? they are all playing in europe as defenders and defense seemed to be weak for us.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Last night’s games are proof positive about how bad CONCACAF is.

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