Category: US vs Mexico

Top 5 Lowlights of American Soccer in 2009

Plastic Carpet 2010 is upon us, which means that it’s the time of year when we journalists, pundits, analysts, and/or columnists take stock of the year that has passed and provide you with our lists of the past years highlights and lowlights. So, to start things of for me, here is my take on the lowlights of the year that was in American soccer, in no particular order: The Continued Presence of Plastic Pitches: Nothing irks me more than watching a professional sport that is being played on a plastic pitch or field. Astroturf, Field Turf, or whatever other product ... Read more

Want To Grow Soccer In The US: It Takes Honest Criticism Not A Pollyanna Approach

Labor Day has come and gone, the sun is setting earlier, and, even here in Houston, the air contains a slight fall crispness. Yes, the Summer of Soccer is over, and what an interesting summer it has been. Back on Father’s Day, like a Phoenix, the US National Team rose from the ashes of its first two group stage matches in the Confederations Cup to advance to the semifinals where it shocked the football world by easily beating Spain, which was ranked by FIFA as the top national team at the time. It was this victory over Spain that grabbed ... Read more

Major League Soccer Talk Podcast #64: US-Mexico Wrap

Mario Valdez who covers Yanks Abroad and Mexican Football for the show and podcast joins us to recap the US victory over Mexico in Columbus. MLS Talk 64: US-Mexico Wrap

US-Mexico Smashes Viewership Records

The Revolution is being televised. Despite almost constant hostility from significant elements of the mainstream media (including basketball announcers on ESPN who it seem deliberately mispronounce the names of football teams and players during the lead into MLS or National Team matches) Wednesday’s US-Mexico match shattered all sorts of record. In short a lot of eyes focused on a medium sized Ohio town this past Wednesday. Jack Bell from the GOAL! blog at the NY Times broke the news: ESPN and Univision both set records for viewership during Wednesday night’s United States-Mexico World Cup qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio. The ... Read more

US Player Ratings vs Mexico

U.S. NATIONAL PLAYER RATINGS: The United States continued their dominance over Mexico last night with a 2-0 victory. Here’s a look at how the U.S. National Team rated: Brian Ching, 6– Solid presence, still not the answer up top for the U.S. National Team. Landon Donovan, 8– Continues his personal dominates against Mexico. Clint Dempsey, 7– Nice work on both sides of the pitch. Not his best performances. Michael Bradley, 8– Man of the match. Sacha Kljestan, 6— Looked bright-eyed, still a joy to see his development alongside Michael Bradley in the midfield. DaMarcus Beasley, 5– Strong first half. Still needs ... Read more

Same Scoreline: Different Story

2-0. The scoreline which rings so familiar in US-Mexico clashes was again repeated tonight. But this game was different. Firstly, Mexico with a virtual “B” attacking squad thanks partly to suspensions and injuries and also to the stubbornness of El Tri’s manager was playing with a foot tied. This allowed the US to maintain greater possession than is typical against Mexico and to dictate the flow. But for much of the match the US was as wasteful with the possession advantage as Mexico has been in recent meetings. The US wasn’t extraordinary and perhaps against an opponent with more quality ... Read more

Countdown to Columbus: 2007 Gold Cup Final

Mexico entered the 2007 Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field determined to overcome the United States for the first time in eight years on american soil. Andres Guardado and Nery Castillio combined on a wonderful goal to give Mexico a 1-0 halftime lead. At that point in the match, Tim Howard’s clutch goalkeeping was keeping the US in the match. In the second half a Landon Donovan penalty and a Benny Feilhaber strike from outside the area gave the US another victory over Mexico and the nation’s fourth Confederation title since 1991.

Analysis of US Squad

GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 4/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 7/5 SO) DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 16/2), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 1/0), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 3/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 14/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 12/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 7/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0) MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 21/6), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 6/2), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 6/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 1/0) FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez C.D.: 3/1), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 12/6), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 1/1) ... Read more