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A Bad Penalty Call Became A Rout For Mexico’s Ego

What you all saw was the Frustration of ten years by Mexico not winning on American soil thru Friendly matches, World Cup Qualifiers and Gold Cup matches, finally being put to rest. But sadly it wasn’t from their tactics or run of play that got it all started. This was a single call that turned the entire match around and when you hope to see the players settle it on their own without the interference from the referee, that’s when it all went downhill very, very fast.

Courtney Campbell who officiated both matches between the USA & Honduras in Group B play in Washington DC and the Semi-Final in Chicago decided all on his own that a penalty call was going to be the match changer for this breathing a sigh of relief El-Tri side. 56th Minute both Jay Heaps and Giovani Dos Santos are fighting for position in the USA area when Dos Santos throws his elbow at Heaps chin which should’ve been a foul on Mexico & a yellow card to boot. Sadly the call was against the USA and a penalty kick was awarded to Mexico. Gerardo Torrado took the spot kick, smacked it home and the King Kong sized monkey was off of Mexico’s back and they poured it on for over a decade of frustration.

A single call by the official that never looked like a penalty for Mexico slowly took away the USA’s composure and all of a sudden Mexico came on like a giant wave and smashed the back of the net four more times drowning this B side that barely had any international experience & take a thumping that hasn’t been seen in so long. But just like that C side down in Venezuela in the 2007 Copa America that blossomed into a strong side at the Confederations Cup like Charlie Davies, Ricardo Clark, Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Bornstein, Benny Feilhaber and so on these players will learn from this experience as well.

Yes the USA had their chances and looked like the better side in the first half against Mexico. They missed the net with either bad touches, or shots gone wide, still they looked strong and tried to control the match at the start of the second half. Javier Aguirre was playing negative football by putting eight men behind the ball in the first half trying to keep the spirits of his players in a positive way, yet before the match he criticized the USA for playing like that when all Bob Bradley has been doing is playing attacking football. Yes Carlos Vela coming into the match at the start of the second half was a solid substitution for Mexico, but while he was giving the USA fits that wasn’t the match changer. The bad call of Courtney Campbell handing a penalty to Aguirre’s side was the match changer and it was the first death blow to this young American side.

Any loss to Mexico is a tough pill to swallow, but I have to say that this team didn’t beat our top players. No Donovan, No Dempsey, No Howard, No Altidore. Charlie Davies, Steve Cherundolo, Freddy Adu were called in by their clubs in Europe and had to leave in the middle of the tournament. But they showed class and sportsmanship on the field and off the field as they went down swinging. They never gave up even when the score was against them. Now it’s time to prepare for the tough road Qualifier at the Azteca on Wednesday, August 12th.

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  1. Gilbert

    August 9, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Wooow! You really believe that penalty was the cause of the humiliation of the USA. The game was fair play USA B team and Mexico B team. Just like USA was missing Donovan, Dempsey, and Howard Mexico was missing player like Rafael Márquez, Nery castillo, Andres guardado, cualtehmoc blanco, Ricardo osorio, Carlos salcido, pavel pardo, Aaron galindo. So I believe on august we are going to see a great game and let the best team win.

  2. soccerfan

    August 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Hopefully .. coach calls up Geoff Cameron from Houston.. I think he derserves a chance.

  3. Jorge

    August 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Remember that day in the Confederations Cup when the US started beating Italy with a penalty when Altidore dove?.. I do, the US lost 3-1. So that just means they suck.

  4. Jorge

    August 2, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    If you knew anything about soccer you would know that the US player pulled the mexican’s shirt and that’s a penalty. Then when it was 3-0 they made another penalty on Giovani but the referee didn’t call it. So shut up and take it like a man… But anyways whatever stops the tears.

  5. Willy

    July 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    A score of 5-0 can not happen by accident… unless you tie the players’ legs together. Articles like this make people look like little kids. Let it go and wait until August. At least they didn’t get kicked out of the cup like Mexico. Go USA, Go Mexico.

  6. jose munoz

    July 29, 2009 at 4:56 am

    ok here, everyone that goes for the U.S. say “we still have bragging rights” but really we have bragging rights. The U.S. did make it to the final in the confederations cup vs brazil but do you not remember when mexico made it to the final vs brazil. We beat them and the U.S. didnt so stop whinning and save some of ur tears for august 12 becasue mexico has never lost in the AZTECA by the U.S. and the u.s. is doing very horrible on road games losing to costa rica, barely tieing to el salvador, with donovan and so dont planning on winning white people and Cavan shut up because yall white boys are just hating because yall couldnt beat mexico so keep crying and any white person planning to go to da game i wouldnt do it because yall probably get shot after mexico scores 3 goals on the u.s.

  7. Chris B.

    July 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Come on Mr. Feuerstein, an article like this one makes you sound very much like a sore loser, without a doubt. I’m sure in any conspiracy theory mindset the referee surely decided “all on his own” that an allegedly bad penalty call (according to you and only you) would surely change the game to Mexico’s favor, so much, that the end result would be a blow out. I know this fact can’t seem to sink in, but, let me just say it plain and simple; Mexico’s bench was much more better on the field than the U.S bench.

    You are right, the U.S team didn’t have their big players, Donovan, Bradley, Altidore and so on, I guess what I’m saying is maybe the U.S soccer federation needs to have a little more respect for the CONCACAF if they think they can win it with their “not top players”.

  8. trooper1

    July 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    The U20 mexico lost agains argentina i bealive it was 1-0. The game was even, come and go. But I’d like to point out that Gio and Vela were more threatening that the Argentinos counter parts (including aguero). THe game was decided in a defense error. After that goal, argentina pulled back and just waited. NOw that game had a horrible english ref….he called everything agains mexico.
    Vela and Gio have shown time and time again that they play better together, they’ve been doing it since they were 13-14, they understand each other to perfection.
    Have you seen Jonathan….he is Xavi like, same qualities, he is an awsome player, Barca has a great youth system. Im sure Jonatha Dos Santos will be in the bech for the Seleccion next year.

    Mexico’s best players are in their early 20’s or younger……..Nery, Gio, Vela, Guardado, Memo, Moreno, Jonathan, and many many more.

  9. MR.T

    July 28, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Your legal status will change once the “wetbacks” take back what is theirs know its happening already….so be scared….your future daughters and grandaughters will have a nice big wetback as a husband….

    The real americans won….lets not forget who was here first babosa.

    U.S played like they always play and lost. Mexico was a better team. I’ve said it before the game changed in the last minutes of first halft with Gio running at the U.S defense and leaving Venado infront of goal..but ofcourse it was venado so he couldnt score. I dont know why they keep calling him.

  10. MR.T

    July 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    The U.S was “playing attacking football”? what game were you watching??? The first 10 minutes they played offense yes, but after that…all 11 U.S players were at the back just waiting, like they always do, playing the counter (thats the U.S style). Mexico passed the ball in the midfield trying to open the U.S team, but alll they did was wait, defending (their usual boring soccer). If you are going to writte something please watch the game and know the rules. The penalty call was accurate. THe U.S player pulled Gio Down. If he hadnt been pulled down he would’ve been alone infront of goal. What about the second penalty that gio received, also not a penalty? It was not call because the ref felt sorry for the U.S.
    Also, the penalty didnt change the game, the game had changed completly in the last minutes of the first half. Mexico had 2 clear opportunities at goal, they were creating more and running circles around the U.S defenders.
    And yes, both teams were missing their main players, but this was a game that both coaches used to test guys with little or no international experience and also to test their young guys. And All I can say is that the future looks brighter for Mexico.

    By the way even if you go down by 1 how do you explain 4 more? What..these players have no character to pick up and keep playing?
    How many times has the U.S been favored by a truly bad call? MANY MANY times, so stop your complaining pleaseeee. Mexico played a better game.
    U.S Lost period.

    The next game will be completetly different.

    Also, the U.S made it to the Confederation Finals…, by beating the powerfull egyptian team and by also beating a Spanishteam who didnt take that game seriously, thought they were going to win just with their name (once in a life time thing….can you do it again? doubted). So now they are the best in concacaf? in the world???? pleaseeee…U.S needs to learn to play like the big boys, and be constant in the international competitions. Mexico always plays better in copa america , confederaciones, why? because the big teams that play there, play an open game, they dont sit and wait with all 11 players. They go and play futbol, attacking futbol. The beautiful game.

  11. Rex

    July 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Niko maybe you didnt pay attention in journalism class. It’s called a blog or opinion column and its different than a news story.

    And its a good thing Mexico is SOOO good vs South American teams, cuz if world cup qualifying ended today, you boyz would be headed down there for your only chance at getting to the World Cup.

  12. alex

    July 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    wow…how old are you..i felt like i was reading the post of an angry high school soccer fan.
    When you take the time to write articles about sports/tournaments/tactics etc. you should probably do enough research to speak objectively about both teams.
    Mexico without a doubt had a better team on the field… its players are younger but are simply of a better quality… Mexico’s troubles the past couple of years have not been because of lack of quality players…. they have simply lacked the chemistry to put together a solid squad. Four head coaches in 14 months is a difficult obstacle to overcome…anyhow..i digress.

    The point is…simply because Mexico’s players are better doesnt mean Mexico fielded an A team and USA a B or C. You never at all recognize the fact that most of mexico’s players are experimental… Valenzuela, Juarez, Castro, Norriega, Medina, Barrera, Arellano, Pinto..these are all young players with very limited experience… but they are simply better than your B players.

    Even Gio and Vela are only now 20 and have just now started to develop as players..
    As far as the penalty goes…it was a clear penalty… you cant yank at a players jersey and expect to not get that call. The ref could have ignored it sure…sometimes that happens..but as a soccer player you cannot take that risk.. the defense put that play in the refs hand because they didnt know what else to do with Gio and the penalty was the correct outcome whether you like it or not.

    At least he didnt “Ching” it a la Gold Cup 2007

    With all that said I can tell you it was a great win mentally for the Mexico squad…but the Javier Aguirre said it himself…the win would be celebrated in the locker room only..because they know like everyone else..the players on the field that day will not be the same come Aug 12. And THAT is the only game between these two that will matter.

  13. Niko

    July 28, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Yes. The US used a B team. Yes, the Mexican team used a B team
    but the truth is that no team a b or c or even the local final at your beer league on sundays, should lose 5-0, but the US did. The person who wrote this obviously did not pay attetion in his journalism class. A journalist, sports commentator should never be as blind as ge is when writing. Does not deserve to be working in this profession. I am Mexican, I have a lot of respect for the U S team and the country itself, its just the people like Christine that give the USA a bad reputation and hated around the globe. More than the 5-0 victory bradleys gang, I am more excited about Mexicos future with player’s like Gio, Vela, Barrera, Juarez who even the Mexican press criticized before the cup even started. They showed a lot of heart which was exactly what was missing with Mexicos A team, I much rather play with this B team on the 12th, but we all know only 4 wil stay for sure. Torrado, Gio, Vela and Ochoa. The US should still be worried about their B team, whats going to happen when Donovan retires? Like I said, no team should lose 5-0 in any type of final!!! And people are bragging of past victories….I vividly remember that we at least won our
    confederations cup against Brasil, but i think my favorite…U-17 world cup champions against Brasil in Peru!!! From then on I have been having dreams…Viva Mexico y Viva la Revo!!!!!

    Su querido amigo,


  14. Mexico, 2009 Gold Cup Champions

    July 28, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Hey Christine, you know that you’d rather have a Mexican boyfriend than any other. Email me so we can hook up.

    Hey tony, that was 7 years ago. Those bragging rights expired when the usa was eliminated by Ghana while Mexico was still very much alive and in the KO round. You fail, kid.


    Christine will be mine tonight

  15. Santo

    July 28, 2009 at 1:44 am


    Mexico leads the overall series with United States of America 31-16-10 (W-L-T), outscoring the U.S. 129-70.

    I believe that Mexico has the bragging rights (especially after trouncing the U.S. 5-0 in the Gold Cup Championship game).

  16. tony

    July 28, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Mexican Football

    2002 world cup
    U.S.A 2 mex ZERO

    U.S.A > MEX
    we still have bragging rights and don’t forget it.

  17. chris

    July 28, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Christine-if usa beated mexico 5-0 I know u would of gone crazy and every usa fan would…usa always has an excuse when they lose but I mean always…this a squad b sqaud is bs…so usa only wins and matters when they have an a copa america mexico finished in 3 behind brazil and argentina and that mexico squad wasn’t their strongest..with pinto, ochoa, correa,nery and more not having much or at all experience…usa fans are just embarrassed and should be and don’t want to admit they lost fair and square…how can 1 penalty goal end up to being 4 more..that shows you how weak mls is

  18. christine

    July 27, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    i love how all the people who are against this guy’s CORRECT comments names are like Ramirez and Munoz or some mexican name. That first PK call was what turned around the game and made the wetbacks go crazy, the call was CLEARLY against mexico, not the US.

    Whatever, you wetbacks can have this victory. Atleast I was one of the few legal citizens in the stadium, lol.

  19. Seybold

    July 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Great point about Gio and Vela, Kartik. They did this at U-17 UC then again at U-20s in Canada a few years ago–I tuned in just to watch them, they were spectacular. They’re doing it at a higher level now. On the other hand, once they played Argentina at the U-20s, they were stifled. We’ll see how they do against the full USA side…I suspect they’ll do fine.

    Re: the penalty–if you tug a shirt in the box, it’s an invitation for a penalty. Once you tug the shirt you lose the right to complain.

  20. juangotty21

    July 27, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Wow man talk about a sore loser.

    Up till now everything I have read from USA fans has been TOTALLY diffrent is a bad loss but everyones knows it wasn’t the best teams both teams have and the real test is coming up….no one likes to lose true…but seriously bro you need to keep your emotions out of it before u get fired…anyways true it was a B team…maybe even a C team…buts so was mexicos….no Marquez…no Osorio…no Salcido…no Guardado…no Nery…no Pardo…no Blanco. And that was a penaly..he got tugged bro. Or maybe you missed that…I heard some dude on fsn was just a lame as you coming up with mad excuses…you should watch the game on teve azteca…when mexico is doing bad they don’t sugar code anything they tele it how it is…they say things like this is a joke…wat a dissapointment…when we beat lil teams like haiti they make sure to point out that haiti is no one and they say this team can never score 4 on USA…but anyways I don’t really care about the game…this is not a stab at the USNT…its a stab at you…DANIEL GET A LIFE…and a new job…your keeping someone from realising a dream…bye loser.

  21. wok tok

    July 27, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Bravo is sadly gone, there’s no room for him, which is too bad, he did a good job in the 06 world cup. It’s Vela and Gio’s time now, and at 20 years of age, they are looking at a decade of unlimited potential. Don’t forget also that Gio’s brother, who plays for Barca youth, has been called up to play preseason for Barca this year, he’s 18, if he’s on the bench next year and possibly starting in two or three years, by 2014, Mexico will have a strong side. Not to mention that 19 year old that just got signed with Atalanta in the Series A Italian league.

  22. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    July 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Agreed- Gio and Vela are MILES ahead of Altidore and Adu.

    But I still object heavily to the rules that were bent for Arsenal to sign Vela at 16 when there are child labor laws in the EU that prevents those types of things from happening.

    Not mad at him- more power to Vela, but very annoyed that Arsenal got him through cheating the system. Other teams like Real Madrid, Barca, PSV, and Inter all had interest in Vela but they didn’t come up with the phony job for his family that Arsenal did.

    The big star of the US team, El Tri fans is Charlie Davies. Keep an eye on him. I have an honest question to ask other EL Tri fans here. Have we seen the last of Omar Bravo? Will Aguirre even bother with him again?

  23. Ramirez

    July 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Talk about a gringo that had to make any excuse for USA to lose the game. There was no answer for vela or dos santos.USA just got there asses kicked I don’t know how one play decides 4 other goals haha.stupid white guy doesn’t know wat a penalty is.and for august 12 will have are real squad we were younger than the US teamso idk how the American team had a younger team. We had 2 forwards dat were 20 and there just gonna get better.gio and vela are way better than adu and altidore.adu wasn’t even born in the US

  24. C Webb

    July 27, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Joey Clams,

    what on Earth are you on about?

    All I was doing was merely pointing out that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you deny the US wasn’t fortunate not to receive a PK call on the O’Brien punch out of the box, then quite simply I have to address your particular brand of stupidity. It’s obvious that the ref and his assistants missed the call, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen the way we saw it.

    It has nothing to do with bias. I don’t even know why you brought that into the argument. Daniel’s point clearly was that the Mexico was wrongly awarded a penalty. I disagree and also offered points of contention that went in the US’ favor in recent matches and we should be thankful and not be so quick to say that the US was robbed because history has shown us that the US has indeed been very fortunate at key moments in two of their biggest wins over Mexico in team history.

  25. Juan

    July 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    The first penalty was legit. The second penalty, the one not called by Campbell was even more obvious. US played a poor game and weren’t able to react at all. But don’t get too carried away on either side.

  26. Adolf

    July 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Ask any player, any real player. It doesn’t matter if you win by a goal or a lot; winning is winning.


    See you at Aztec Stadium! I’ll be there!

  27. CanadianFootballer

    July 27, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    That penalty call was perfectly legit….you americans are just whining you wanna see bad calls look at canada they get bad calls. Like in this years gold cup when they got knocked out by the ref calling a penalty when the costa rican player was going for a bicycle kick.

  28. Futbol Mexicana

    July 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    ching pk in 07 was trash. turnabout is fair play, daniel.

  29. sidereal

    July 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Hi! Thanks for just deleting my entire previous comment (probably because it had a blockquote tag in it). Last one I ever leave.

  30. sidereal

    July 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm

  31. Cavan

    July 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

    It’s a game. Our team lost this one. Mexico was better yesterday.

    It’s still a marathon to the World Cup. It must feel nice to be an FMF fan today. Enjoy it.

    Our team will be back another day.

    I can’t wait until the World Cup Qualifier at Azteca. That will be a fun game and more meaningful than a Gold Cup that doesn’t have a Confederations Cup bid attached to it.

    Finally, jose munoz, please grow up. Your use of the phrase “yallwhite people” says far more about your lack of taste than anything I could ever say.

  32. Rex

    July 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Even if you say this was a true ‘B’ vs ‘B’ matchup, what does that prove for Mexico? Nothing. Congrats, Mexico has a better ‘B’ team. I am sure they will do well in the ‘B’ team World Cup and ‘B’ team World Cup qualifying. Oh wait, there’s no such thing.

    A 5-0 or even 10-0 win is just that, a single win. It doesn’t change the fact that USA has had Mexico’s number for the last 8 years. No matter how many goals Mexico scored on Sunday, they are STILL FOURTH in world cup qualify. Mexico should have saved a few of those goals for the game in Saprissa or for Azteca on the 12th.

  33. Adam Edg

    July 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I blame the complete absence of defense in the second half for our loss. Having only one man anywhere near the back left a ton of open space for Mexico. Playing the offside trap repeatedly after it was already been beaten time and again last night was sure idiocy.
    I have been a Bob Bradley supporter, but last night’s “effort” showed me why there are so many haters. When a tactic fails several times and your goalkeeper narrowly makes the saves, you switch tactics. You don’t keep going until it finally works; otherwise you end up letting in a goal or four…

  34. Joey Clams

    July 27, 2009 at 8:03 am

    In the English language, just as in Spanish, we have past participles. By itself, the past participle form often serves as an adjective. So, Kevin, it’s not a “bias report” but a “biased report.” Let Mexico have their day. They needed one.

    C Webb, on the other hand, cannot have his stupidity excused. O’Brien, huh? Well, sure it was dumb and a handball but the ref didn’t see it. As such, there was no question of bias. And are you suggesting that because of that break seven years ago we no longer have the right to complain when Mexicans dive? Nice try at homesteading the high ground, sportsfan.

  35. me

    July 27, 2009 at 7:04 am

    oh i feel so good not just because mexico won but because football won i hate usa’s style of waiting and wating andwating and……… waiting just to try to score on a fast counterattack or in a corner kick im not trying to compare mexico to teams like brazil or argentina but their style is what makes them great (besides their players obviously) they go and attack playing beautiful not just giving the ball to their fastest player(donovan) to try to outrun the defernders

  36. Moy77

    July 27, 2009 at 5:37 am

    I´ve been reding some articles, and a lof them are plenty of excuses to cover for the American team. As a Mexican I have to say that I´ve been so angry for the way mexico´s been playing, ( the worst in last years), and those 30 last minutes of the second half it is been the best for quiet a while.It doesn´t mean that we are back yet, but this is the level that Mexico has always had in the regional tournaments. Iagree taht this was a B or C team wahatever you wanna call the American team, but let´s be honest and accept that this was a B or C mexican team too. What do that this mean? The americans feell really humilliate to lose , but spetially to Mexico and for a huge score. I don´t know if we are gonna score to many at tha Azteca(everything is possible), but i feel great right know.

  37. Mexican Football

    July 27, 2009 at 4:15 am

    You are a whining little cry baby. Mexico is better than the usa. Mexico outlasted usa in the last World Cup. We have bragging rights. If we do it again this cycle, 4 more years of bragging rights.


  38. Israel

    July 27, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Funny how any fool with an internet connection can publish a blog about his personal views. An entire submission based off of a false premise at that. Watch the video again and tell me with a straight face that Gio was not pulled from the shirt FIRST, which caused him to bend back with his arms flailing. One-on-one the YOUNG Gio owned every “B-team” defender Bradley could throw at him, and one-on-one in the penalty area he was about to own another before being pulled by the bottom left of his jersey.

    Aug. 12th will be a cute “remember the alamo” rallying cry for the U.S., but this isn’t the Staples Center, or Wrigley field, this is THE Azteca with 100,000 screaming fans. The U.S. can HOPE for a draw there, but after losing to Mexico’s “B-Team” 5-0… don’t count on it. Don’t kid yourself that this was Mexico’s A-Team either. Gio and Carlos belong there, and Memo Ochoa just won his spot through his Gold Cup performance, but Rafa Marquez, Carlos Salcido, Ricardo Osorio, Cuahtemoc Blanco, Pavel Pardo, Nery Castillo and Jose Andres Guardado have something to say about that August 12th date as well. Welcome to the age of Gio and Carlos Vela, The Premiership’s future stars. Enjoy the ride!

  39. kevin

    July 27, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Wat a bias report..Like I said in another article usa ppl/fans always and I mean always have an excuse when they lose…they can’t face the fact they loss…when mexico loses we know they loss..mex fans/reporters don’t make excuses when mexico loses..this mexico team had younger players than usa…with gio,vela,barerra..also inexperience players as well like sabah, noriega,ismael rodriguez, esquivel…plus its no ones fault but bob bradley that chose to play with a “B” team..he let davis,benny,adu,altidore leave to their club..usa fans cant face the fact they loss another final…2 in a row..if usa won they would of been celebrating just like mexico did…now u know once u score on usa once u can score more..usa melts down very fast once u score on them…usa are just hatin and like always has an excuse

  40. jose munoz

    July 27, 2009 at 2:54 am

    yall white people need to stop making excuses and stop whining because mexico beat you’ll bAD. Also we probably havent won in the U.S. for a decade (until now) but U.S. has never won in the Azteca ever. Only costa rica but thats it so stop making excuses cry babies. MEXICO, MEXICO, MEXICO, MEXICO, MEXICO, 5 – 0 HAHAHAHA i hope all you’ll white people cry tonight and start praying cuz mexico is gunna beat youll again on august 12

  41. christopher

    July 27, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Why cry foul look I’m not going to sit here and write this the turning point for Mexico nor u and I know that second the USaNT was a disater in the 2nd Mexico just got it done point blank USA D was a disaster and really No PK on Gio well maybe ur right but u still lost 5 to 0 Giovani unlike Adu performs and was a man among boys in the gold cup look I’m not getting carried away oh this. Mean the world no it doesn’t 8 12 2009 will be different USA will get there Mmexico will to but please don’t cry foul just admit it like Mexicans have to after a tough lose we got are asses handed to us

  42. revttcoco

    July 27, 2009 at 1:18 am

    An elbow to the face should be a straight RED not a penalty to Mexico. 2.nd goal so offside the linesman was not up with it. Jay Heaps Red card!! Totally clean ly won tackle.
    I am English & a referee so I have no axe to grind but this bunch of officials were not fit to do a Sunday League Division 10 game in the UK.
    I hope CONCACAF or FIFA check this one out very suspect all round officiating,totally out of their depth. 1,000 if you are lucky in Jamaica or St Vincent,80,000 in the Meadowlands,they lost it if they ever had it.
    These people need to be dropped from Fifa NOW.

  43. Georgie

    July 26, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    MEXICO crushes the USA with its B team as well, where were Salcido, Osorio, Pardo, Rafa Marquez, Maza Rodri guez, Andres Guardado, and (hopefully one day Blanco again) Oh YES they are with their clubs, but hopefully Mexico will have its A team ready to rock on Aug 12. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR THE PATHETIC SHOWING BY THE US TEAM. THANK you v much

  44. Rex

    July 26, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I agree 100%. That goal and the way it went down was the worst thing that could happen to this young team. The biggest game of their careers and they are slapped with adversity and they couldn’t handle it. That’s the difference in experience and inexperience. We sent inexperience to the Gold Cup so thats what we get.
    It wasn’t a penalty and you can’t say that didnt change the game. But give credit to Mexico; if you hold the ball in front of the goal, good things with happen. Mexico was the better team today, but not 5 goals better and honestly, who cares.
    It shows how bad Mexican soccer has been when they are this happy about the win. I am pretty sure there was no way USA would win both games vs Mexico so now the USA is set up as the underdog again instead of the favorite. And thats a good thing.

  45. eugenio

    July 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    what game were you watching? You say the USA never gave up???? They gave up after the first goal. The Gold Cup will never get my support again. If the USA isn’t going to field a real team, they don’t deserve our support. BOYCOTT THE NEXT GOLD CUP. Its funny the mexicans think they accomplished something. But they have to take every victory they can get since they have been so humiliated this decade. It will be a joy to destroy them in Azteca where they will have to play a REAL team.
    BTW, are you SURE Dos Santos isn’t a chick?

  46. C Webb

    July 26, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    First of all, complaining about PK’s against Mexico seems a bit hypicritical. Wasn’t it John O’Brien’s hand that punched a ball away in a 1-0 game at the time in the 06′ World Cup?

    Also, I think this play from Heaps is much more believable PK than the one Brian Ching received in the 07′ Gold Cup final. So, I think complaining about PK calls is a bit of pie-in-the-sky thinking. Can’t have it both ways.

    Secondly, Dos Santos was NOT offside on the second goal, unless you completely forgot about the US defender he ran through to get to the rebound. Kind of tough to be offside when you start further upfield than the shooter (Vela) and the US defender (I want to say it was Pearce, but he couldn’t be found in the defensive end of the field for the entire second half in spite of being the US’ left back).

    Look, the US got their asses handed to them in the second half and they lost their composure after giving up the opening goal. They pushed too many players forward when the US midfield was giving the ball away too easily. It’s pretty simple actually. Mexico fed off of the panicking US players and took full advantage of it. Well done Mexico.

  47. landon guardado

    July 26, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    MEXICO Won clearly…the best team won and dont forget mexico also didnt have their star players like rafa marquez, guardado, oswaldo, and cuahtemoc blanco. Both were pretty young teams and both of these young teams would continue the rivalry once stars like landon and cuahtemoc blanco retire. It was a great win for Mexico and you can’t take away that from them.

  48. Jack(Vegas)

    July 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    The US team got destroyed in the second half and it could have easily been 6-0 if Perkins doesn’t make some good saves. I hate losing to Mexico as much as the rest but at least we have a chance to get the bad taste out of our mouths when we play again at Azteca. Get ready Mexico the Yanks are coming and I expect a thrilla in Azteca.

  49. Bernard

    July 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    you forgot to mention that the referee didn’t call a PK for Gio Dos Santos and that would of been the 6-0


  50. Claudio Plazas

    July 26, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Bill Bradleyy must go. Period end of the story.

  51. Alfred

    July 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    You forgot to mention that on the second goal Giovani was offside on the rebound. Oh and on the third when four players came to try to stop Giovani and he passed the ball to Vela, he was offside again. On the fourth, let’s see, yup he was offside too. On the fifth, what excuse can I look for? Um, Guillermo Franco looked at the defender funny, there you go.
    Stop looking for excuses Mr. Fuerstein, the penalty was obvious, as was the second one that wasn’t called.

  52. Justin Z

    July 26, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    While in a vacuum it’s a penalty on Heaps, we saw plenty of blatant shirt-tugging by Mexican players in the first half on corners. With any sort of consistency, they’re either both penalty situations, or neither is.

  53. mr

    July 26, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Talk about a one sided reporter, jeez,

    Mr. Feuerstein that was a penalty since Heaps first pulled on the back of Dos Santo’s shirts, that was what the referee called.
    Maybe next time you’ll bring a little more objectivity and less fanaticism.

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